Kathy Humphrey, PhD


“You have to believe in yourself first.”

Dr. Kathy Humphrey serves as the University of Pittsburgh’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement and Secretary of the Board of Trustees. She oversees the University’s internal and external relations, focusing on facilitating business engagement, strategic initiatives and partnerships and government interaction at all levels.  She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Louis University, and also maintains a faculty appointment in Pitt’s School of Education.

Dr. Humphrey has earned numerous awards and recognitions throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute to Women Leadership Award, 2016 Nellie Leadership Award and distinction as one of the New Pittsburgh Courier’s “50 Women of Excellence.” She also earned the Pitt African American Alumni Council’s Sankofa Award, which honors community members who have offered outstanding education support to students of African descent.

Outside the University, Dr. Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, Leadership Pittsburgh and Forbes Funds. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Women’s Fellows of Pittsburgh. In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where she served for four years.