Today’s Honoree is Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva

Dr. Yolanda L. Watson Spiva currently serves Executive Director for the non-profit organization, Project GRADAtlanta.  She has served as the Managing Partner & Principal Consultant for Strategic Consulting Solutions, a Georgia-based consulting firm specializing in educational and organizational consulting.  Through her consulting and full-time work, she has garnered extensive experience in working with institutions of higher education, particularly on issues of institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, faculty development, student outcomes, as well as general assessment and evaluation.  She has been consistently engaged as a consultant with a number of academic institutions and support organizations affiliated with academe.  Most notably, she has served as the evaluation consultant for a number of projects within the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education (CASEE) in Washington,D.C.

Dr. Spiva boasts a plethora of work experiences, beyond those mentioned above, her most notable achievements include her service as the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Trinity College for Women in Washington,D.C., as well as in the capacity of Director of Research and Programs for the American Association of University Women in Washington,D.C.  She also served in the employ of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education (Washington,D.C.) as well as in the Region IV Office of the Secretary’s Regional Representative (Atlanta,GA) where she served as the Region IV Public Affairs Director.

Dr. Spiva has many published articles in research journals as well as in popular magazines on a multiplicity of topics and issues.  She has served as the assessment and evaluation section editor for the faculty development publication, The Faculty Guidebook, now in its fifth edition of publication.  She is also the co-author of the book, Daring to Educate: The Legacy of the Early Spelman College Presidents (Stylus Publishing, 2005) which was nominated for an NAACP Image Award.

Dr. Spiva earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Spelman College, her master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago, and her doctor of philosophy degree in higher education from Georgia State University.

She is very active in service to educational and non-profit organizations including the boards of the following Atlanta-based organizations: The Ron Clark Academy; Odyssey, Inc.; Oglethorpe University’s Center for Civic Engagement Advisory Board; and the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education.  She also serves as a board member of The CO Group, Inc. (a NY-based technology consulting firm).

Dr. Yolanda Watson Spiva Wins Leadership Character Award

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Main Office Information- Project GRAD Atlanta 260 Peachtree Street, Suite 402 Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Phone: 404-880-3500 Fax: 404-523-9603


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