Meet Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell

Posted by: Roy Wilbur

In 2015, Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell became the tenth president of Spelman College, a leading liberal arts college for women of African descent located in Atlanta, GA. Before coming to Atlanta, Dr. Campbell was a major force in the cultural life of New York City in a variety of roles. Under her leadership, the Studio Museum in Harlem was transformed into the country’s first accredited black fine arts museum. She served as the city of New York’s cultural affairs commissioner under the late Mayor Edward Koch. She returned to the private sector in 1991 to become dean of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, where she stayed for more than two decades. In 2009, President Barack Obama appointed Dr. Campbell as vice chair of the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, a non-partisan advisory committee. She sits on numerous boards and holds many honorary degrees. A published author and editor, Dr. Campbell is currently completing a book on Romare Bearden for Oxford University Press.


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