Dr Kathy Humphrey is the newly appointed Vice-Chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr Humphrey was interviewed by Kelly Russell for Journey To Success Radio.
Kathy Humphrey is the newly appointed senior vice chancellor for engagement and chief of staff at the University of Pittsburgh.
In her new role, Humphrey will concentrate on internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships, and government interaction at all levels. She will work closely with University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and Pitt senior management to position the University to have maximum impact in the region, the Commonwealth, and beyond. Units reporting to Humphrey include the Office of Community and Governmental Relations, the Office of University Communications, and the Office of Secretary.
For the past nine years, she served as Pitt’s vice provost and dean of students, where she dedicated herself to helping college students find their purpose and passions. She was responsible for many important areas at the University including the Office of Student Life, Residence Life, University Counseling Center, Student Health Service, Student Conduct, Career Development and Placement Assistance, Disability Resources and Services, Intramurals and Recreation, Office of International Services, Pitt Arts, PittServes and the Office of Cross-Cultural and Leadership Development Center.
Under her leadership, these units maximized student learning and development. In 2008, Humphrey spearheaded the Outside the Classroom Curriculum, an initiative that engages students in a structured series of developmental experiences that complement each student’s academic studies.
Humphrey has been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. She was honored as a recipient of a YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award (in Education) and was selected as a member of New Pittsburgh Courier 50 Women of Excellence. She also received the University of Pittsburgh African American Alumni Council (AAAC) inaugural Sankofa Award, and has been chosen the Pitt Administrator of the Year the past four years by the student body. Most recently, she was one of 32 women from 13 countries chosen to participate in the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program.
Active in the Macedonia Baptist Church, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Pittsburgh American Red Cross, Three Rivers Adoption Council and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation to serve on the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Prior to joining the leadership team at Pitt, she served as the vice president for student development at Saint Louis University for six years where she was awarded the William B. Sweet Distinguished Service Award, the Woman of the Year, and had the “Kathy W. Humphrey Award for Diversity” named in her honor by the International Student Federation.
Humphrey earned a BS in education at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), an MA in higher education administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a doctorate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University. She has a faculty appointment in Pitt’s School of Education and is committed to making Pitt the best collegiate experience in the world.
She and her husband Lyle have twin college-aged sons, Daniel and David.