Psychologist Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD, former acting president and dean of Mount Holyoke College, was inaugurated in March as the ninth president of Spelman College in Atlanta, Ga.

After receiving her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Tatum was a lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an assistant professor at Westfield State College in Westfield, Mass. She was then hired by Mount Holyoke College, where she served as a professor of psychology and education before being appointed acting president and dean.

Tatum's psychology research has focused on U.S. race relations, and her volume "Why are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations About Race" (Basic Books) was re-released in January.