About Beverly Daniel Tatum

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Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum
President Emerita, Spelman College

Beverly Daniel Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for her expertise on race relations and as a leader in higher education. Her 13 years as the president of Spelman College were marked by innovation and growth and her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.

Dr. Tatum is the author of several books, including the best-selling “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race” (the 20th anniversary edition was released in 2017) and “Can We Talk About Race? And Other Conversations in an Era of School Resegregation,” Dr. Tatum is a sought-after speaker on the topic of racial identity development, the impact of race in the classroom, strategies for creating inclusive campus environments and higher education leadership. In 2005 Tatum was awarded the prestigious Brock International Prize in Education for her innovative leadership. A fellow of the American Psychological Association, she was the 2014 recipient of the APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.  

Prior to her 2002 appointment as president of Spelman, Dr. Tatum served as professor, dean and acting president at Mount Holyoke College. She has also served as a faculty member at the University of California, Santa Barbara and Westfield State University. Dr. Tatum holds a B.A. in psychology from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in religious studies from Hartford Seminary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.