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Dr. Kimberly Beatty, chancellor

Dr. Kimberly Beatty, Chancellor

Kimberly Beatty, Ed.D., began her tenure as Metropolitan Community College’s eighth chancellor on July 1, 2017. She was formally installed as chancellor at an inauguration ceremony on Aug. 24, 2018.

Dr. Beatty came to MCC from Houston Community College, the nation’s fourth-largest community college system, where she served as vice chancellor for instructional services and chief academic officer.

As the first African-American leader in the 105-year history of Metropolitan Community College, and the only African-American CEO in the Missouri community college system, "I live and walk in the truth of who I am each day," Dr. Beatty says.

A champion of access and equity, she is devoted to the community college mission of providing access to higher education for all. "I am passionate about the community I serve and excited about the ability to provide higher education access to the underprivileged and underrepresented," Dr. Beatty says.

At Metropolitan Community College, Dr. Beatty restructured the College’s five-year strategic plan; authored a new vision statement for the College and a new shared governance model; and is fostering a culture of innovation, including the creation of the MCC Innovation Council.

Dr. Beatty is a member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and its Executive Women’s Leadership Council; the Kansas City Area Development Council; the Full Employment Council Board; and the Rotary Club of Kansas City.

A three-time graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Dr. Beatty received a B.A. in English, an M.A. in English, and an Ed.D. in higher education, with a specialization in community college leadership. She brought to MCC 28 years of teaching and administrative experience in higher education, including 21 years of progressive leadership experience at community colleges in California, Virginia and Texas. She has also served as a tenured associate professor in English.

Dr. Beatty has served on a number of boards at the state and national levels. She was appointed to a three-year term on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Board in 2020. She has demonstrated a strong commitment to student success and diversity, and a passion for strengthening the pipeline of college-ready students entering community college.

In September 2019, U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II honored Dr. Beatty for her leadership and service to the community. Each year, Cleaver and fellow Congressman William Lacy Clay Jr. induct prominent individuals into their Missouri Walk of Fame, awards presented during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference. Cleaver described the chancellor as "an individual who has dedicated her life to inspiring and empowering the next generation of Americans, making a profoundly positive impact on countless lives."

Dr. Beatty is married to Kelvin Beatty. They are proud parents of three sons, Kelvin Jr., Michael and Ian. They also have five grandsons.

Dr. Beatty shares her story