Posted by: mwwilco | November 28, 2009

Mayor Shirley Franklin to Teach at Spelman After Tenure Ends

Spelman College officials reported to the AJC that current Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin will begin a one-year professorship at the school in January.

Franklin will join the faculty at the historically black women’s college as Cosby Chair, an endowed professorship program started by Bill Cosby and his wife, Camille.

Franklin, 64, was elected as Atlanta’s first female mayor in 2001, and her final term ends Jan. 3. She is also the first African-American woman to lead a major city in the South.

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