Atlanta (WAOK/AJC) – Spelman College President Beverly Tatum has  become the first president of a historically black college or university to receive the Carnegie Academic Leadership award from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Tatum, a member of the board of trustees for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, has been Spelmans president since 2002. In addition to being the first president from a historically black college, she becomes the first collegiate president from Georgia to receive the prestigious award for her work in progressing women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as her efforts in promoting community service for students. Spelman College prepared more African-American women with the ability to earn doctorate degrees in those fields than Georgia Tech, Duke  and UNC-Chapel Hill combined between the years of 1997 and 2006, most coming during Tatum’s time as president.

Presidents at Duke, Arizona State, and Stanford are also set to receive the award. Winners of the award are nominated by past winners and various other high level education organizations.

The award includes a $500 thousand grant that Tatum says will be split between funding for an endowed faculty position and establishing a fund that can be used to assist students with financial challenges when they are close to graduation.

Tatum received the award on Monday, December 09.

Written by WAOK intern Sherman H Smith Jr and Jean Ross


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