Board chair announces 11th President of Carlow University

Dear Members of the Carlow University Community,

I am pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has named Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD, as the 11th President of Carlow University. Dr. Humphrey was recommended to the Board by the Presidential Search Committee following a national search. The Board’s vote was unanimous.

Dr. Humphrey comes to Carlow with thirty years of leadership experience in higher education, a deep commitment to student success, and a strong allegiance to Carlow’s core Catholic Mercy values of social justice, equity and inclusion.

Dr. Humphrey is currently Senior Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement and Secretary to the Board at the University of Pittsburgh, where she is also an Associate Professor of Education. She was recruited to the University of Pittsburgh 2005 to serve as Vice Provost and Dean of Students. She has led major initiatives to enhance the University of Pittsburgh’s campus environment with a particular focus on building an antiracist institution and “more just Pitt,” and she has been at the forefront of expanding Pitt’s community engagement efforts.

Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Dr. Humphrey served in numerous senior posts at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, MO, including Vice President of Student Development and Associate Vice Provost and Director of Housing and Student Life at Saint Louis University. She also held positions at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO, and The University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO.

Dr. Humphrey is very engaged in the Pittsburgh community. She currently serves on several regional boards. Among them she is Chair of the Board of the Forbes Fund; Chair of the Program Committee for the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh; Board member at Leadership Pittsburgh where she served as Chair from 2018-2020; and a Board member on Gwen’s Girls, and the Blood Science Foundation. Dr. Humphrey is also a faithful member of Macedonia on The Hill.

Dr. Humphrey holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Missouri in Kansas City, MO; and a PhD in Educational Leadership, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO. She has numerous certificates from Harvard University and other institutions, and is a fellow of the International Women’s Forum, Montreal, Canada.

I think Carlow is fortunate to have found such an exceptional leader who will inspire and motivate our Carlow students, faculty, and larger community with her courageous voice, effective skills and engaged involvement in support of our Mercy mission of service. She will ensure our legacy of academic excellence, particularly in the health sciences, while maintaining our foundation in the liberal arts, and providing a pipeline of exceptional graduates to the work force.



Dorothy A. Davis, JD
Chair, Board of Trustees
Chair, Presidential Search Committee
Class of 1978

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