Meet Dr. Kimberly Beatty
The Metropolitan Community College Board of Trustees named Dr. Kimberly Beatty the eighth chancellor of the institution, succeeding Mark James, who retired at the end of June, 2017.
“We are absolutely thrilled that Dr. Beatty accepted our invitation to lead MCC at this time of tremendous opportunity and challenge,” said Trent Skaggs, president of the MCC Board of Trustees and chair of the Chancellor Advisory Screening Committee.
“We searched nationally for a visionary and strategic leader who would work collaboratively with the board and college community to create a renewed sense of mission and identity, define a clear and compelling shared vision, and set the direction for MCC,” Skaggs said. “We are confident that Dr. Beatty is the right person at the right time to lead us into the future.”
MCC’s chancellor, the chief executive officer of the five-campus system, is appointed by and reports to the elected six-member Board of Trustees. The chancellor is principally responsible for implementing the board’s policies and overseeing strategic planning, budget management, academic and workforce development programs, student success, resource development and fundraising, corporate and business partnerships, human resources, facilities maintenance and all other areas of operation.
Barbara Anne Washington, vice president of the Board of Trustees, who also served on the screening committee, said: “Dr. Beatty is uniquely qualified to lead MCC, having served four of the nation’s best community colleges in such roles as tenured professor, program manager, academic dean, senior student services administrator and chief academic officer. She will serve MCC, the Kansas City region and the state well.”
“It is a tremendous honor to be entrusted with the leadership of MCC,” Dr. Beatty said. “The opportunity to serve as the chancellor marks the high point of my career, not because it is the highest position, but because I believe the values of MCC and the Board of Trustees align perfectly with mine — and that’s very important to me. I’m looking forward to working alongside the faculty, staff and friends of the college to advance MCC’s mission of preparing students, serving communities and creating opportunities.”
Dr. Beatty has a passion for strengthening the pipeline of college-ready students entering community colleges as demonstrated through her development and implementation of the Black Studies Program at Cypress College in California; expansion of dual enrollment and First College programs at Tidewater Community College in Virginia, as well as the initiation of an Upward Bound program; and leadership of student success initiatives targeting underprepared students at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, Texas, where she was associate vice chancellor for student success.
Dr. Beatty has been the recipient of the 30 Most Influential Women of Houston Award by the D-Mars Group, Houston; the Trailblazer Award by the Mason Lodge, Houston; Damiani Award for Commitment to Global Education, Tidewater Community College; and the Regina Standback-Stroud Award for Commitment to Diversity in Higher Education, California State Academic Senate.
Dr. Beatty is married to Kelvin Beatty. They are proud parents of three sons, Kelvin Jr., Michael and Ian. They also have five grandsons.