Barbara J. Wright

Barbara J. Wright, EdD, RN

Dr. Barbara Wright began her career in nursing in 1966 when she completed the LPN program at Dixie Hospital School of Practical Nursing. In 1971, she decided to enroll at Thomas Nelson Community College. She graduated in 1973 with an ASN and continued her employment at Hampton General Hospital in the operating room as a staff nurse. In 1974, Dr. Wright began working at the Veterans Administration Medical Center as a staff nurse in the operating room. The Veterans Administration encouraged nurses to pursue advanced education in order to meet the standards for promotion, and Dr. Wright completed both the BS (1979) and MS (1989) from Hampton Institute/University while raising three children and working full time. Positions held by Dr. Wright at the Veterans Administration included staff nurse, nurse manager of the surgical unit, supervisor in the operating room, and associate chief nurse.

Her teaching career began in 1991 at Troy State University in Montgomery, Alabama, and Troy, Alabama, as adjunct faculty while working at the Veterans Administration in Montgomery, Alabama. After retiring from the Veterans Administration, she returned to Virginia and began working at Hampton University, where she remained employed for 12 years. It was during her employment at Hampton University that she completed the requirements for the Doctor of Education degree.  Shortly afterward, she accepted a position at Norfolk State University in the Department of Nursing with a teaching assignment in the RN to BS Program. In 2010, she returned to Hampton University as Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Education.  Dr. Wright’s greatest joy has been influencing the many young student nurses she has mentored throughout her professional career.

She served 16 years in the U.S. Army Reserves where she was a member of three Reserve units. Dr. Wright retired from the Army at the rank of Major with an Honorable Discharge. Her primary roles in the Reserves were NBC officer and head nurse in the operating room. She has received several honors and awards, including Special Advancement for Performance from the Department of Veteran Affairs, Hampton, Virginia; Special Advancement for Achievement, ANA Certification Nursing Administration from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Montgomery, Alabama; Glowing Lamp, Chi Eta Phi, Eta Chapter; and Appreciation and Mentorship Awards, Virginia Nurses Association. 

Dr. Wright is an active member of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Tau Chapter, where she serves as the former Dean of Pledges. She has also served two terms as Tamiochus. Memberships in other professional organizations include the Delta Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (President), Phi Gama Sigma Honor Society, National League of Nursing, and Virginia Nurses Association (President and Chair of the Council of District).  In addition, Dr. Wright is an active member of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Temple, where she proudly serves as an usher at the 7:00 a.m. service and member of the Healthcare Ministry.

Dr. Wright is an avid sports fan and enjoys traveling with the HU boosters and watching the Marching Force, Spartan Legion, and other HBCU bands.  She is the daughter of Mrs. Celestine Anthony and the late Thaddeus Anthony.  Dr. Wright has three sisters and a brother, Shelia, Gloria, Sandra, and Prett.  She is the proud mother of three, Stephanie, Sharon, and Anthony, and has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.