Brenda Campbell grew up in Elba, Al and moved to Troy to attended Troy University the fall following high school graduation. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Social Rehabilitation Services, a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and has done post-master’s work in Sociology, History, Education and Psychology. She officially retired from Troy University in 2014 and continues to serve there as a Sociology adjunct professor. Before joining the staff at the Johnson Center for the Arts, Brenda volunteered with the Miss Alabama Organization for 28 years, the last five years serving on the Board of Directors as the Scholarship Chair.
As a sociologist, Brenda recognizes that the arts are cultural universals whereby society members can not only express their creativity, but also develop critical thinking skills. Research indicates that some benefits of participation in the arts are increased civic engagement, greater tolerance, improved mental health, and higher grade point averages/standardized test scores for students. That’s why Brenda is passionate about the JCA mission statement “the cultural enrichment of the lives of all citizens through exposure to and education in the arts.”