Debra Foster Greene, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Professor of United States History
Lincoln University, Jefferson City, MO
Greene is the Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and professor of history at Lincoln University, Missouri. She is a member of the American Academic Leadership Institute’s 2016-2017 Becoming a Provost Academy and served as the Lincoln University Provost Fellow for the 2015-2016 academic year. She served as Head of the Department of History, Political Science and Philosophy (2008-2015; fall 2016) and interim Head of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2012-2013). A member of the academic faculty since, 1996, Debra served three years as chairperson of the Lincoln University Faculty Senate, 2007 -2010.
Greene has written and published on several topics including
• the St. Louis Argus newspaper,
• free African Americans in the colonial era,
• an article for the National African American Biography on Joseph E. Mitchell, publisher of the St. Louis Argus newspaper
• a biographical sketch of Nathanial A. Sweets, publisher of the St Louis American newspaper and Lincoln University alum in the Missouri Biographical Dictionary and
• an article on black banks and bankers in the Encyclopedia of the Great Black Migration.
Greene has been appointed to and has served on several State of Missouri committees and commissions including
• the Unmarked Human Burial Consultation Committee on which she served from 2001-2005;
• the Missouri Board on Geographic Names; and
• the Missouri Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission
Debra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Alcorn State University in her home state of Mississippi; and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Missouri-Columbia, Department of History.
Debra was born in Natchez, MS and is married to Lorenzo Thomas Greene. They have two sons, Lorenzo Foster and Logan Thomas Clemente Greene. She and her family are members of the Grace Episcopal Church, Jefferson City, MO where she delivered the 2010 and 2015 Absalom Jones Sunday sermon. She is a life member of several professional organizations in the History profession and a diamond life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. which she has served at the local and the national levels.