Civic Duty Delaware News Journal“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Debbie Harrington is a passionate mother, experienced leader, and community and education advocate. She has a doctorate in education with emphasis in Innovation and Organizational Leadership. She is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 25 years of executive leadership in multi- national strategic planning, transformational change, organizational culture and structure and congressional budget programming and execution. After military retirement Dr. Harrington changed career institutions. She began to serve the community from a church administration platform where she led major construction projects and managed multiple ministry and community development initiatives. As a board steward she was able to help progress the church financially and build a collaborative community structure. Most recently Dr. Harrington resigned from her latest position as the Deputy Director of the Division for the Visually Impaired where she had embarked on reforming education and employment services to become a political candidate for State Representative and expand her potential to influence social justice. Dr. Harrington is a masterful programmer with an extraordinary record of successful leadership.
Dr. Harrington serves her community as a Democratic Regional District Vice Chair, Trustee for Delaware State University, Adjutant for VFW Post 3792 and member of Women United – United Way Delaware. After three years, Dr. Harrington recently turned over her seat as a State Commissioner where she was able to influence employment opportunities for people with disabilities. After eight years she termed out as a member of the Delaware State Vocational Rehabilitation Council (VRAC) for Blind and Visually Impaired where she championed equal education, career/college transition, and employment.
Although she keeps them private, writing songs and stories is Dr. Harrington’s favorite pass time. When there is time she gets away with family to enjoy sightseeing, visiting family and watching old movies.
Dr. Harrington is one of nine children originally from a small community in Portsmouth, VA before she left to join the military and later settled in Middletown, DE. She is the wife of the distinguished Robert Harrington and mother of two beautiful young women, Christy and Elizabeth, and one handsome young man, Jeffery.