All my life I dreamed of doing something more than simply having a job. Working as a phone operator, I was motivated to do something more with my life, and I knew that education would help me fulfill that dream. After completing two years at a community college, I enrolled in Trevecca’s Management and Human Relations Program (MHR) to earn my bachelor’s degree. When I walked across Trevecca’s stage to accept my diploma in 2004, I remember thinking “I want to give back to others what my professors have done for me. I want to let others know that they really can complete college.”
I had enjoyed MHR, so I enrolled in Trevecca’s graduate business program. Knowing that what I wanted to do would require me to know how to read the numbers, I completed an MBA at Trevecca in 2007, with thoughts that I would teach on the college level. I quickly learned that I needed a doctorate if I wanted to fulfill my goal of helping students, so back to school I went.
In 2011 I completed a doctorate in business administration and accepted a position as an associate campus dean for a university, a position that led to my current role as a campus dean.
My new responsibility is everything I ever dreamed about. It gives me opportunities to share my story with students, and I get to make a difference in their lives.
Damita Goods, BA ’04, MSM/MBA ’07
Campus Dean, Strayer University
Cedar Hill, Texas