Mount Holyoke names former dean interim president


Staff Writer
Monday, April 11, 2022

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke College has named a higher education veteran who is well-versed with the institution to be the college’s interim president for the 2022-23 academic year.

Beverly Daniel Tatum actually served as acting president of Mount Holyoke in 2002, and was also dean of the college from 1998 to 2002, as well as a faculty member in the psychology and education department from 1989 to 2002.

Tatum will start as interim president in July of this year, taking over for Sonya Stephens, who announced this month she would be leaving in the summer to head the American University in Paris.

“Mount Holyoke College holds a special place in my heart as I spent 13 very happy and productive years there at a pivotal time in my career, both as a faculty member and an administrator,” Tatum said in a release from the school. “I am tremendously honored and delighted to be invited by the board of trustees to return as interim president during this time of leadership transition.”

Tatum is also president emerita of Spelman College and has been a faculty member at the University of California Santa Barbara and Westfield State University.

Tatum is a clinical psychologist with expertise in education and, race relations. Her books include “Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”

Tatum is also a civic leader in Atlanta and has won both the Brock International Prize in Education and the and the American Psychological Association’s APA Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology.