Meet the Faculty

Meet Dr Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Chairman of the Board for the National Council of Negro Women

Inaugural Dean of Herndon Directors Institute

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole is a widely recognized education leader considered one of the most respected visionaries in academia on a global scale.  She currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the National Council of Negro Women.  NCNW is an advocacy organization of 2 million women engaged in programs that advance the rights of women.  In addition, she is President Emeritus of Spelman College, part of her extensive track record of leadership as president over two of the nation’s leading Historically Black Colleges for Women, Spelman College and Bennett College, a distinction she alone holds from 2009-2017,

Dr Cole is a published author, speaker and consultant on issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in corporations, educational institutions, museums, and other workplaces.

Dr. Cole served as a Director on the board of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  Additionally, her work has impacted a number of major corporations where she has served as Consulting Advisor on a range of issues including inequities in the composition of a workforce, creating safe spaces for courageous conversations about systems of inequality, and establishing a strategic plan for building and sustaining an inclusive culture in the workplace.  In carrying out this work, Dr. Cole draws on her prior experience as a director on the corporate boards of NationsBank South, Home Depot, Merck, and Coca-Cola Enterprises where she was the first woman to serve on the board.