Kathy W. Humphrey

  • Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the Board of Trustees


107 Cathedral of Learning 412-624-4200


Kathy Humphrey serves as the University's Senior Vice Chancellor for Engagement, Secretary of the Board of Trustees, and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher’s Chief of Staff. In those roles, she oversees Pitt'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, 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 educational support to students of African descent.

Outside the University, Humphrey serves on the Board of Directors of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh, and Leadership Pittsburgh.

In 2013, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation appointed Humphrey to the Advisory Council for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Two years earlier, she served as a fellow of the International Women’s Leadership Foundation.

Humphrey earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Central Missouri State University (now the University of Central Missouri), a Master of Arts degree at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a doctorate in educational leadership at Saint Louis University. She 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.