Kathy Humphrey serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s senior vice chancellor for engagement and secretary of the Board of Trustees. In these roles, she oversees the University’s internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships and government interaction at all levels.
Humphrey has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, the 2016 Nellie Leadership Award, distinction as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence” and the 2019 Onyx Woman Leadership Award. She also earned the Pitt African American Alumni Council’s Sankofa Award, which honors community members who have offered outstanding academic support to students of African descent.
Outside the University, Humphrey serves on the boards of the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Leadership Pittsburgh, Gwen’s Girls and the Blood Science Foundation. She also serves on the executive committee of the International Women’s Forum of Pittsburgh and is chair of The Forbes Funds.
In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. She served on the council for four years.
Humphrey earned a Bachelor of Science at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), a Master of Arts at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and a doctorate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University. She also maintains a faculty appointment in Pitt’s School of Education.
Humphrey is active in the Macedonia Baptist Church. She has been married to her husband, Lyle, for more than 30 years, and they are parents of twin sons, Daniel and David. Her extended family includes 10 siblings as well as 86 nieces and nephews.