GSEHD Alumna Returns to GW as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs

June 28, 2023

Dr. Debra Bright headshot

GSEHD alumna Dr. Debra Bright (Ed.D., Higher Education Administration) has joined GW as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. She was previously the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Howard University. Earlier in her career, she served as an Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Montgomery College, as well as Director of Admissions and Student Services at GSEHD for 13 years. Dr. Bright is also a member of GSEHD's National Council for Education and Human Development. Welcome back to GW, Dr. Bright!


As detailed in the announcement:

Dr. Debra Bright will join us on June 5 as Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs. Dr. Bright currently serves as the associate vice president for student affairs at Howard University, where she provides operational leadership for several units including Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, the Intercultural Affairs and LGBTQ+ Resource Center, the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program, Parent and Family Programs, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, the Office of Student Services, and the University Counseling Service. 

Prior to this role, she served as associate dean of student affairs at Montgomery College (MC) where she assisted the collegewide dean in shepherding the Student Success Unit (Counseling and Advising, Disability Support Services, First Year Experience Program, Student Support Services/TRIO, and Veterans Programs/Combat2College). During her tenure at MC, she also helped develop The Mentoring Project for Women, and was a key player in the College’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts.

Dr. Bright joined Montgomery College after her 13-year tenure as Director of Admissions and Student Services at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development. While at GW, she was an active member of the National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals (NAGAP) and served on the NAGAP Executive Governing Board.

Dr. Bright earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University, a Master of Education from Harvard University, and a doctorate in higher education administration from the George Washington University.