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Debra Lee Surface, Ph.D., '23

Alumni, Marketing; Assistant Professor of Marketing, Seton Hall University

Manning School of Business


  • BA - Salem State University
  • MBA - Salem State University


Earning both her BA and MBA at Salem State University, Debra Lee Surface spent close to 15 years in practice in the financial services industry. With managerial experience including marketing, strategy and innovation, she began her career with credit unions, establishing financial literacy programs, civic engagement opportunities and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Transferring this experience to her research and teaching, Debra Lee’s interests include CSR, strategy and business-to-business marketing. Recently named to the inaugural class of 40 under 40 alumni at Salem State, she was also a 2019 inductee into their Civic Engagement Hall of Fame, and serves as the President of the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Selected Presentations

  • Eco-product labeling: The moderating effect of environmental marketing, consumer purchasing evaluation and competitive advantage - AMA Summer 2021, Paper Presentation