Humphrey Inaugurated as President of Carlow University

PITTSBURGH – Students, faculty, family and other members of the Carlow University community recently packed Carnegie Music Hall to welcome Kathy W. Humphrey, PhD, as the university’s 11th president. University leadership formally inaugurated Dr. Humphrey before a who’s who of prominent leaders in Western Pennsylvania.

Humphrey’s tenure began last summer. She called the inauguration “the crowning point of my 37-year career in higher education,” and said she aims to upend lasting misconceptions about the university.

“Upon my arrival, I would hear folks refer to Carlow as a small university, but there is nothing small about what were are able to accomplish when we answer the call,” said Humphrey. “For Carlow is a mighty institution with a mighty task to give hope and opportunity to those who otherwise may not have a chance to receive a four-year college education.”

Humphrey spoke about her goals for the university, which include improving education for women of color in Pittsburgh by reestablishing the Hill College.

“Strengthening all women, especially Black women in Pittsburgh, is a goal that we must share if we are to make progress and change the state of Black Pittsburgh,” she said. “The Hill College provided women who lived in the Hill District of Pittsburgh and other economically challenged areas an opportunity to have easy access to a college degree in a place and space where people like them were transforming their lives together.”

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