Spelman President Wins Carnegie Leadership Award
Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum was one of four recipients of the 2013 Carnegie Leadership Award Monday in New York City.
According to the Carnegie Corporation, the award goes to exceptional presidents of U.S. colleges and universities. Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian said Tatum was an obvious choice.
“She is a force of nature, a powerful individual, with a determined plan, a vision, and also in many ways promoting science among African-American women,” he said.
According to the National Science Foundation, between 1997 and 2006 Spelman prepared more African-American women to earn Ph.D.s in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math fields than Georgia Tech, Duke, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill combined. About one-third of Spelman students major in those so-called STEM fields.
The award includes a $500,000 grant. Tatum said she already knows where the money will go.
“I want to use half of the award toward an endowment that we’re building for a position in computer science, a faculty position, and the other half to be used toward the creation of an endowed fund to support students who are in need of emergency financial assistance,” Tatum said.
Tatum is the first president from a historically black college and university to win the award. She is also the first in Georgia.