Kathy Wilson Humphrey, PhD, is the 11th president of Carlow University. With more than 35 years in higher education, she is revered as an inspirational and visionary leader with a wealth of experience in planning and budgeting; community engagement; diversity, equity and inclusion; and board management.

Dr. Humphrey embraces Carlow’s Mercy heritage and longstanding commitment to social justice as the key to positively impacting and transforming generations of lives. Passionate about helping more students gain access to and complete postsecondary education, she identifies with the 44 percent of PELL-eligible undergraduate students at Carlow, as she, too, was a PELL-eligible college student.

Humphrey is a strong proponent of shared governance. She believes that her mission is to serve the faculty, staff and students, and together, drive the institution forward.

With a dedication to building, innovative career-readiness pathways and providing an excellent liberal arts education, she envisions Carlow as an institution that not only masterfully adapts to the ever-changing needs of students and faculty, but also intent on building the workforce of the future.

Humphrey’s lifelong career has been devoted to providing students with strong academic foundations, experiential learning opportunities and wrap-around services that support their growth, development and independence to serve as good citizens and contributors to society.

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President’s Cabinet 

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President’s Council on Equity, Inclusion & Community

The Council on Equity, Inclusion and Community advises the president regarding diversity issues, and serves all populations of the Carlow University community by recommending, monitoring and measuring the outcomes that will help achieve the objectives as outlined in the University’s strategic plan. The council serves as the hub for strategic alliances to ensure that inclusiveness. Learn more about this council.

In the News

  • Spotlight on President Kathy Humphrey” In an interview with “Invest: Pittsburgh,” President Humphrey speaks about the ways that Carlow University is innovating to meet changing student demands. She also discusses the pandemic’s impact on higher education, the rise in popularity of online learning and hybrid models and what the future holds for Pittsburgh’s colleges and universities. ▸ Read the Spotlight

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