Dr. Kimberly Beatty, chancellor
Dr. Kimberly Beatty 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 103-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. “It’s easy for me to champion these students because, having been raised in poverty by a single mother, I was once in their shoes. This is my story and this is the challenge I have overcome.”
At Metropolitan Community College, Dr. Beatty finalized and restructured the college’s five-year strategic plan; authored a new vision statement for the college and a new shared governance model; is leading the college community through an organizational realignment; and is fostering a culture of innovation, including the creation of the MCC Innovation Council.
She is committed to workforce education, including establishing new partnerships with Kansas City area businesses. She 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 two-year term on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on College Readiness in July 2018. 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.
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; the 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.