18 Facts About Johnnetta Cole


Johnnetta Betsch Cole was born on October 19,1936 and is an American anthropologist, educator, museum director, and college president.


Johnnetta Cole was president of Bennett College from 2002 to 2007.


Johnnetta Cole Betsch was born in Jacksonville, Florida, on October 19,1936.


Johnnetta Cole's family belonged to the African-American upper class; She was a granddaughter of Abraham Lincoln Lewis, Florida's first black millionaire, entrepreneur and cofounder of the Afro-American Industrial and Benefit Association, and Mary Kingsley Sammis.


Johnnetta Cole enrolled at the age of 15 in Fisk University, a historically black college.


Johnnetta Cole transferred to Oberlin College in Ohio, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1957.


Johnnetta Cole attended graduate school at Northwestern University, earning her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in anthropology.

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Johnnetta Cole served as a professor at Washington State University from 1962 to 1970, where she cofounded one of the US's first black studies programs.


In 1970 Johnnetta Cole began working in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she served until 1982.


Johnnetta Cole then moved to Hunter College in 1982, and became director of the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program.


From 1998 to 2001 Johnnetta Cole was a professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies, and African American Studies at Emory University in Atlanta.


In 1987, Johnnetta Cole was selected as the first black female president of Spelman College, a prestigious historically black college for women.


Johnnetta Cole served until 1997, building up their endowment through a $113 million capital campaign, attracting significantly higher enrollment as students increased, and, overall, the ranking of the school among the best liberal arts schools went up.


Johnnetta Cole is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.


Johnnetta Cole served for many years as board member at the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation.


From 2004 to 2006, Johnnetta Cole was the Chair of the Board of Trustees of United Way of America and is on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Greensboro.


Since 2013, Johnnetta Cole has been listed on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Science Education.


Johnnetta Cole considered her for the cabinet post of Secretary of Education.