November 24, 2020

Dear Spelman Community,

With great admiration and sadness, I share with you the passing of a valued member of the Spelman community – Anita R. Estell.

We honor
the life and legacy of Anita, who served as the College’s lobbyist beginning in 1998. Her proudest achievement was her profound impact on the lives of more than 235 student scholars through her involvement with Spelman on Capitol Hill.

We are grateful for her significant efforts in leveraging her congressional relationships and teaching Spelman on Capitol Hill students civic engagement and leadership, which led many to internship opportunities and careers in the C-Suite, and as future policy makers and leaders in every level of government.

We offer solace to her family and all of the students she helped to guide. To read more about Anita, and her contributions to Spelman, please visit her tribute page on

In sisterhood,

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College


Office of the President
Phone: 404-270-5001

Fax: 404-270-5010

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