April - May 1998
Johnnetta Cole's educational love affair with cultural anthropology and her passion for women's studies endeared her to Spelman College in Atlanta, the nation's oldest, private, liberal arts college for black women. She became its first African-American woman president in 1988, a post which she relinquished this past June, 1997. Dr. Cole's career spans significant scholarship and distinguished administration. She rose through the ranks from Assistant Professor to Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Afro-American Studies at the University of Massachusetts, has been a professor of anthropology and director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at Hunter College, and served as Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at the University of Massachusetts. Dr. Cole also held visiting appointments at Washington State University, UCLA, Oberlin and Williams. Throughout her career she has been an advocate for people of color and women everywhere. Dr. Cole is the recipient of 37 honorary degrees, has published two-widely used textbooks, and served on numerous prestigious boards.
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