Debra Humphreys, Ph.D.

Debra Humphreys leads the Foundation's stakeholder engagement and strategic communications work while also providing direction for Lumina's substantive work on postsecondary education quality.

Debra Humphreys received her B.A. from Williams College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in english from Rutgers University. Humphreys has decades of experience in higher education reform focused on issues of improving teaching and learning, curricular redesign, and quality assurance.

Before joining Lumina Foundation in late 2016, she previously served in as the senior vice president for academic planning and public engagement at the Association of American Colleges and 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 issues and especially on the process of general education reform and developing diversity courses and requirements. She serves on the editorial advisory boards of University Business and Change Magazine, and serves on the boards of the National Survey of Student Engagement and The Economic Club of Indiana.