Dr. Kimberly Beatty, chancellor
Dr. Kimberly Beatty started her tenure as Metropolitan Community College's eighth chancellor on July 1, 2017. She 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. Dr. Beatty led that institution through a major transformation of instructional services and provided visionary leadership through its strategic planning process.
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 brings 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 has a strong commitment to the community, student success and diversity.
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.