David S. Spence is president emeritus of the Southern Regional Education Board. He served as president of SREB from 2005 to 2018.
He led one of the nation’s foremost efforts to work with states in establishing statewide college readiness policies and led several special initiatives aimed at increasing the percentage of state populations with a postsecondary certificate or degree.
From 1998 to 2005, Spence was executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer of the California State University System, where he led California’s Early Assessment Program to help more high school students prepare for postsecondary education. For that work, he received the Virginia B. Smith Innovative Leadership Award in 2006. He also served as executive director of the Florida Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, executive vice chancellor for the University System of Georgia, and executive vice chancellor and vice chancellor for academic programs at the State University System of Florida.