Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton is Dean of the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies (CCGPS) at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Her responsibilities include academic and co-curricular programming for undergraduate and graduate majors, some with professional accreditation. Other responsibilities include strategic planning, curriculum development, program reviews, student learning assessment, enrollment management, and budget management. In collaboration with the Provost, she is actively involved in planning and promoting university strategic initiatives.
Debra Heath-Thornton, EdD
Dean of Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Prior to serving as Dean, Dr. Heath-Thornton was a full-time faculty member with extensive involvement in program development, program, administration, and teaching. She was actively involved in recruitment, program assessment, and developing and evaluating adjunct instructors. In a former institution she served as a member of the President's transition team and subsequently a member of the Mission Statement Steering Committee. These activities afforded her numerous opportunities to interface with campus administration and the broader community to promote institutional transition, focus, and growth.
Dr. Heath-Thornton has served criminal justice associations in leadership capacities at the international, national, state and local levels, including President, 1st and 2nd Vice President, and Treasurer. She has served as an external member of an accreditation review team for criminal justice programs in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts.
Dr. Heath-Thornton completed her undergraduate study at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York, earned a master's degree in criminal justice and a master of science in education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo, and received an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Rochester. Her research and publications are heavily focused on restorative justice. Besides her deanship, she has developed and directed undergraduate criminal justice and sociology programs and served as department chair. Her community and professional activities have included work on dispute resolution programs for adolescents, community reintegration programs for criminal offenders, and community and mental health services. She is a founding member of Family and Friends United, a western-New York community-based organization whose mission is to promote family and community harmony. She is a past president of the YWCA of Genesee County Board of Directors and a past member of the Board of Directors for Community Mental Health Services of Genesee County.