Debra Humphreys
Vice President of Strategic Engagement

Debra Humphreys

Debra Humphreys, Ph.D., directs efforts to assure the quality of education beyond high school for Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. She also oversees the foundation’s strategic communications and stakeholder engagement teams.

Debra Humphreys received her bachelor of arts from Williams College and her master’s and doctoral degrees in English from Rutgers University. Humphreys has decades of experience in higher education reform focused on improving teaching and learning, curricular redesign, and quality assurance.

Before joining Lumina Foundation in late 2016, she served in as senior vice president for academic planning and public engagement at the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Humphreys also served as director of programs in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Global Initiatives at AAC&U, where she directed programs on diversity, equity, and women’s issues in higher education.

In her work with higher education institutions, Humphreys has conducted academic leadership and faculty workshops on teaching and learning, with special focuses on reform of general education and diversity courses and requirements. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of University Business and Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, and serves on the boards of the National Survey of Student Engagement and The Economic Club of Indiana.