Portrait of Mary Schmidt Campbell

Do Colleges and Universities Bear Responsibility for K-12 Public Education?

Mary Schmidt Campbell, 10th president of Spelman College (2015-22) - 2022 James E. McLeod Memorial Lecture on Higher Education
‘WashU is not for us’: Universities embracing the public good
By Michelle A. Purdy, associate professor in the Department of Education and author of Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools.

Many of our nation’s great colleges and universities reside in large urban centers where public school education has been under-resourced, and students have been dramatically underserved. What responsibility, if any, should elite, well-resourced institutions of higher education assume for the public-school outcomes of the communities in which they reside?

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Portrait of Mary Schmidt Campbell
Mary Schmidt Campbell
President, Spelman College, 2015-22

About the speaker

In March 2015, Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D., was named Spelman’s 10th president. She began her professional career in New York, as the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem at a time when the city of New York was on the verge of bankruptcy. Under her leadership, the museum became the country’s first accredited Black fine arts museum and a linchpin in the redevelopment of Harlem. She then served as commissioner of cultural affairs for New York City under two mayors, and from there entered the world of academia as dean of New York University’s renowned Tisch School of the Arts, where she served for over two decades. [Read Campbell’s full biography at this link.]