Three African American Women Appointed to University Administrative Positions

Debra Bright has been named associate vice president for student affairs at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Most recently, she served as associate dean of student affairs at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. Prior to her 14-year tenure at Montgomery College, Dr. Bright served as the director of admissions and student services for George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Dr. Bright holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in New York. She earned a master’s degree in educational administration, planning, and social policy from Harvard University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.

Lorraine Goffe was appointed vice president for human resources and chief human resource officer at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, effective February 1. She has been serving as vice president and chief human resources officer at Pennsylvania State University since 2019.

Goffe holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from William Woods University in Missouri. She earned an MBA from National University in San Diego.

Marquita Armstead was named executive associate athletic director and senior woman administrator for the athletics department at the University of Nebraska. Armstead comes to Nebraska from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she served in a similar role. She joined the staff at the University of South Florida in 2016. Earlier, she was director of compliance at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Armstead earned her bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in sports management from Mississippi State University. She also holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

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