Brenda Floyd, Ed.D., had a keen eye for budget and finance matters, but those who worked with her remember her strong sense of integrity and her kind heart.
Floyd, who served as TWU’s vice president for finance and administration for many years, passed away March 24, 2021.
Floyd attended college in Dallas, earning her associate’s degree at Mountain View College and her bachelor’s in business administration at Dallas Baptist University. She received her master’s in economics at the University of North Texas, and went on to earn her doctorate in supervision, curriculum and instruction at East Texas State University in Commerce.
She began her career in higher education as an economics instructor at El Centro College. She was named vice president of business services at Brookhaven College in 1981, where she oversaw the college’s plant operations, budgeting, financial aid, food service operations, and more. Floyd took on additional duties in 1988 when she was named acting vice president of student services at the college. In this role, Floyd was responsible for the planning, supervision and evaluation of student development programs including admissions, registration, testing, athletics, and more.
After serving four years as dean of financial and administrative services for Northern Virginia Community College, Floyd joined Texas Woman’s University in 1996 as vice president for finance and administration. Her responsibilities included overseeing the operations and management of budgeting, accounting, investment, facilities planning and construction, human resources, safety and security, physical plant operations, purchasing, risk management, reproduction services, auxiliary services, as well as long-range financial planning for the university.
Beth Bates-Verges worked as an administrative assistant for Floyd at both Brookhaven College and at TWU. At Floyd’s May 2015 retirement reception, Bates-Verges spoke of Floyd’s passion for her work and “fierce integrity to always do the right thing …”
John Erwin, former director of the TWU Department of Public Safety, worked closely with Floyd for many years prior to his retirement in 2012.
“She was always very supportive of me and the police department,” he said. He noted a time when the Houston campus flooded due to a hurricane, and Floyd sent a contingent of officers from the Denton campus to help.
On another occasion, Erwin recalled picking up Floyd and the university president from a Dallas airport and driving to Denton after an ice storm. They had been in Houston for a couple of days, he said, and Floyd really wanted to get home. Her house was on a pretty steep incline, and they “nearly had to crawl on our hands and knees (to get to her front door), but we got her home,” he said.
Erwin also noted that Floyd “was always willing to listen to anybody,” and found a solution to problems after hearing all sides of an issue.
Floyd was a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and was named an Outstanding Alumni of North Texas State University (now UNT) in 1990. She had been active in both the Denton and Dallas North Rotary Clubs, and had served in a number of roles for the Dallas CAN! Academy.