Bernadette Cohen

Director, Human Resources at Spelman College

Bernadette Cohen

Bernadette Cohen

Director, Human Resources at Spelman College

Biography

Bernadette Cohen has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources management in various industry sectors, including private and public higher education, automotive Fortune 500, professional services, insurance and nonprofit.

As Spelman’s top human resources executive, Ms. Cohen is responsible for leading all aspects of human capital management, including legal compliance for employment matters, compensation and total rewards, employee relations, managerial coaching, professional and leadership development, diversity and inclusion, organizational development, talent acquisition, wellness, benefit plan designs, and performance management.

Prior to joining Spelman, Ms. Cohen served as vice president of Human Resources and was a cabinet member at the Atlanta Housing Authority. She also gained labor relations experience as a member of the contract negotiation team Robert Bosch Corporation where she successfully defended the company against NLRB challenges and an OFCCP class action lawsuit.

Ms. Cohen is a published author, mentor, certified mediator and arbitrator, and certified managerial coach. She has also served as a guest speaker/lecturer.

She holds a bachelor of business administration (cum laude) North Carolina Central University. She completed the Executive Leadership Program at Michael J. Coles College of Business at Kennesaw State.

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President at Spelman College

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Vice Provost for Global Education & Professor of International Studies at Spelman College

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Vice Provost for Faculty & Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Spelman College

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Dean, Undergraduate Studies at Spelman College

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Director, Student Access Center at Spelman College

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Controller at Spelman College

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Interim Chair, G-STEM Director, Associate Professor-Psychology at Spelman College

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Director, Title IX & Compliance at Spelman College

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Program Director, Chemistry & Biochemistry at Spelman College

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Director, Public Safety at Spelman College

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Education
Bachelor of Business Administration, cum laude

When it was established in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first public liberal arts college for African-American students. Since then, this historically black college (HBCU) has developed a reputation for excellence in academics, research and cultural awareness. North Carolina Central University is an HBCU. North Carolina Central University offers more than 100 programs of study in nearly 30 academic departments. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Some of these programs are unique, such as the master's degree in Jazz Studies and the bachelor's degree in Apparel Design. NCCU also has some joint programs for graduate students. Some of these include: * Juris Doctor/Master of Library Science * Juris Doctor/Master of Business Administration * Master of Business Administration/Master of Information Science The university provides several sources of financial aid, including need-based government programs and institutional scholarships. NCCU's Alumni Association also offers scholarships. Most of the alumni scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen, but all NNCU students are encouraged to apply. NCCU encourages diversity in its student body. Though it was originally intended only for African-American students, the college's admissions are open to students of all races and ethnicities.

Career History
Director, Human Resources
Current

Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

Vice President of Human Resources
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Atlanta Housing Authority is organized under Georgia law to develop, acquire, lease and operate affordable housing for low-income families. It is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

Member, Contract Negotiation Team
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Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

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Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, it became Spelman College in 1924 and have since held the distinction of being America's oldest historically Black college for women. Now a global leader in the education of women of African descent, Spelman College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and they are proud members of the Atlanta University Center Consortium. Today their student body comprises more than 2,100 students from 41 states and 15 foreign countries. Spelman empowers women to engage the many cultures of the world and inspires a commitment to positive social change through service. They are dedicated to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and the intellectual, creative, ethical and leadership development of their students. Spelman is proud of its 80-plus percent graduation rate, one of the best in the nation. Their global alumnae network is strong, providing connections and helping hands to graduates as they begin on their path of global engagement.

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Certified Mediator
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