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    The Atlanta University Center Consortium Council of Presidents Appoints Dr. Sherry L. Turner, New Executive Director

    January 28, 2011

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    Frances Thompkins

    The Atlanta University Consortium Council Presidents Appoints
    Dr. Sherry L. Turner, New Executive Director

    The Atlanta University Center Consortium (the “Consortium”) Council of Presidents has appointed Sherry L. Turner, Ph.D. as the Executive Director of the Consortium. She replaces Marilyn Jackson, who served in this capacity for the past seven years. Dr. Turner will oversee the day-to-day operations and provide leadership to the Consortium’s academic and community engagement activities. She will report directly to the Council of Presidents that lead the four Consortium institutions: Dr. Carlton Brown, president, Clark Atlanta University; Dr. Robert Franklin, president, Morehouse College; Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr., president, Morehouse School of Medicine; and Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, president, Spelman College.

    Dr. John E. Maupin, Jr, chair of the Council of Presidents, remarked on Turner’s appointment – “This is a significant moment in the history of the Atlanta University Center Consortium as each of the member institutions devotes focused energy to greater institutional collaboration and community transformation. Dr. Turner’s leadership is especially important as we undertake our Atlanta Promise Neighborhood initiative, which seeks to significantly improve the educational, health and social development outcomes of children and youth by building a holistic, community-centered continuum of integrated resources. We are confident that Dr. Turner will help us to exceed our goals and continue the legacy of the Consortium.”

    Dr. Sherry Turner comes to the Consortium with a diverse background spanning over 20 years in higher education. A researcher, professor, and administrator, Turner earned a B.S. in Psychology/Anthropology-Sociology from Rhodes College, a M.S. degree in Developmental Psychology from North Carolina State University and a Masters of Theological Studies from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She also earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (Developmental and Socialization Processes) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    No stranger to the Atlanta University Center Consortium, Dr. Turner is the former Vice President for Student Affairs at Spelman College. She joined Spelman in 2002 as the assistant to President Tatum and secretary of the College. “I am extremely excited to be working in my new capacity as Executive Director of the Consortium. I am equally pleased by the opportunities to promote further collaboration among the member institutions and by the renewed commitment to revitalize our surrounding community through the creation of the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood. This is an excellent endeavor that reflects the critical role of service in the mission of each of the institutions that comprise the Atlanta University Center Consortium,” said Turner.

    About The Atlanta University Center Consortium
    The Atlanta University Center Consortium is comprised of four, independent institutions of higher learning dedicated to cooperatively achieve cost savings and improvement of services. Together they form the worlds’ largest enterprise of private, black institutions of higher learning.