In 2002, Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum became the ninth president of Spelman College, which is now widely recognized as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the nation.
In addition to being an accomplished administrator, Tatum is a scholar, teacher, race relations expert and leader in higher education. In 2005 Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership in the field. She is the author of several books, including Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation (2007).
Actively involved in the Atlanta community, Tatum is a member of several boards, including the Executive Committee of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the Woodruff Arts Center, and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, where she serves as Vice Chair.
Tatum earned a B.A. degree in psychology from Wesleyan University, and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Michigan. She also holds a M.A. in religious studies from Hartford Seminary.