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Carolyn D. Spatta papers

Identifier: 02.CDS

Scope and Contents

Carolyn D. Spatta was a Vice President for Administration from 1980 through 1981. The Carolyn D. Spatta papers date from 1978 through 1981, with the majority of material dating from 1980 through 1981. The collection is arranged aphabetically by file title, with applicable materials arranged chronologically. Materials include correspondence, human resources documents, university planning, divisional reports, student affairs, budget information, and files related to university computing.


  • Creation: 1977 - 1981


Conditions Governing Access

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

Biographical / Historical

Carolyn Davis Spatta earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley in 1964. She was a graduate student and research assistant in Geography at UC, Berkeley 1964-1965. After being awarded a National Defense Foreign Language Fellowship in Persian at the University of Michigan, Spatta and her two children moved to Ann Arbor. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan in 1968 and 1974, respectively.

She taught for six years at Schoolcraft College, and then took a combined administrative position at Oberlin College in Ohio as the Corporate Secretary of the College and Assistant to the President. In 1978, she moved to Tehran, Iran to serve as the president of Damavand College, an American backed Iranian girls college with one thousand students. The Iranian Revolution forced Spatta and her family to return to the U.S. in January of 1979. Spatta then took a position as Vice President for Administration at Eastern Michigan University. After her tenure at EMU, she went on to hold leadership positions at the Association of Colleges in Washington, D.C., California State University, Hayward (now East Bay). She then taught from 1992 to 1994, but left the classroom in 1994 after being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Malaysia, where she served as an Administrative consultant to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

After retirement, Spatta served on mediation teams in the San Francisco Bay area and was a consultant in planning and conflict resolution. She was also a member of several accreditation teams for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. From the late 1980s through the early 1990s, Spatta was chair and member of the Steering Committee of the American Council on Education, National Identification of Women Program, and was Director-at-Large (1983 – 1986) and Chair of the Policy Committee of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan. From 1980-1991, she was Director and President of the Damavand College Foundation. She was also a participant and resource person at the Asian Women’s Institute from May 1978 through October 1991.


2.40 Linear Feet (2 half-size archive boxes and 2 record center cartons)

Language of Materials



Carolyn Davis Spatta was the Vice President for Administration at Eastern Michigan University from 1980 through 1981. The Carolyn D. Spatta papers are arranged in alphabetical order by file title, with the files related to Human Resources at the end. The collection includes office files pertaining to human resources, budget information, university computing, affirmative action, student affairs, and divisional reports.

Carolyn D. Spatta papers
Brooke Boyst
28 May 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Eastern Michigan University Archives Repository

Bruce T. Halle Library, Room 310
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti Michigan 48197