On August 1, 2002, Beverly Daniel Tatum became the ninth president of Spelman College. During her tenure, the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement (LEADS) was created, and it established an annual Women of Color Leadership Conference. In 2014, Spelman College announced that it exceeded its comprehensive fundraising campaign goal, generating $157.8 million and raising the largest amount in the history of the institution. The campaign attracted support for scholarships, academic initiatives, and campus renewal. Of the more than 18,000 campaign donors, a record-breaking 12,000 alumnae, representing 71 percent, made a gift to the campaign. Tatum, the author of the critically-acclaimed "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race," retired in July of 2015.