Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole is President of Bennett College for Women. Dr. Cole's distinguished career as a college and university professor and administrator has spanned three decades. Among her many achievements, she made history in 1987 by becoming the first African American woman to serve as president of Spelman College. Under her leadership, Spelman became the first historically Black college or university to receive a number one rating by U.S. News and World Report magazine when the college was named the number one liberal arts college in the south. Dr. Cole is also professor emerita of Emory University from which she retired as Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies. She served on President-elect Bill Clinton's transition team as cluster coordinator for education, labor, and the arts and humanities, and she was also the first African American to serve as Chair of the Board of the United Way of America. Dr. Cole received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College. She earned a master's degree and Ph.D in anthropology from Northwestern University.