HAMPTON, Va. (August 15, 2018) — Hampton University’s Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer, Mrs. Doretha J. Spells, was recently featured in the August/September edition of CoVaBiz Magazine – The Business Magazine of Coastal Virginia.
Serving as the first woman in Hampton University’s history in her current position, Mrs. Spells speaks in the article about a “learning curve” associated with being a woman in her position of authority and dealing with areas dominated by male leadership. “At times I think women have to work a little harder at it or maybe be a little tougher to let them know this is going to happen,” she says in the article. “Pretty soon they realize I am a no-nonsense person, and I believe in getting the job done by any means necessary.”
Mrs. Spells also speaks highly about Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey in the article and how she is honored to be part of the Hampton University family. “Dr. Harvey is a true visionary, and he always has believed there are no small dreams,” she said in the article. “To be a part of it – every day it’s something new. We learn something new; we do something different.”
“Mrs. Spells is an amazing woman and I am truly proud of everything she has accomplished, both personally and professionally for Hampton University,” said Hampton University President, Dr. William R. Harvey. “I believe and have always believed in hiring the best person for the job, whether that be a man or woman, and in fact, most of my staff are women because as it turns out, not surprisingly so, they were the most qualified people for each position.”
In the article, Mrs. Spells doles out valuable advice for young women heading into professional careers after college. “I often tell them that if you can believe it, you can achieve it,” she states in the article. “I make sure that the young ladies understand: Don’t let being a female hold you back.”
Mrs. Spells was happy to be able to contribute to the magazine. “I was so excited to be interviewed and appear in this month’s issue of CoVaBiz Magazine as a Leading Lady,” said Mrs. Doretha Spells, Vice President for Business Affairs and Treasurer for Hampton University. “It has been truly a humbling experience to be recognized in this manner.”
Being very active in her church, Mrs. Spells is also a member of the Denbigh Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She serves as Chair of the Trustee Board and Vice President of the Deaconess Ministry at her church, New Beech Grove Baptist Church in Newport News, VA; and also sits on the board of the Virginia Educators Credit Union (VECU); and the Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center. Mrs. Spells also participates in her church bowling league. She has a Business Administration bachelor’s degree from South Carolina State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tennessee Technological University.
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