Kimberly Beatty

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Metropolitan Community College

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Kimberly Beatty

Chancellor

Metropolitan Community College

Kimberly Beatty is currently serving as Chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City. Previously, she served as Vice Chancellor for Instructional Services and Chief Academic Officer at Houston Community College. In this role, she focused on student success and ensured the academic integrity of all programs. Since her arrival at HCC in January 2015, Dr. Beatty led the institution through a major transformation of instructional services.

Prior to HCC, Dr. Beatty was the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Tarrant County College (TCCD) where she was responsible for district wide implementation of Achieving the Dream, Upward Bound, College Access and Outreach, Title III, and process improvement of student development services and success initiatives.

She is a three-time graduate of Morgan State University receiving a B.A. in English, M.A. in English, and Ed.D. in Higher Education, Community College Leadership. She has over 25 years of experience in higher education with 16 years at the community college level. She has served as an Associate Professor in English and maintained progressive leadership roles at Cypress College (California) and Tidewater Community College (Virginia). Beatty has served on a number of boards at the State and National level.

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 (CC), expansion of the dual enrollment and First College programs (TCC), the development and implementation of an Upward Bound program (TCC), development and implementation of student success initiatives targeting underprepared students (TCCD), and expanding dual credit programs (HCC).

Dr. Beatty has been the recipient of the Damiani Award for Commitment to Global Education (TCC), Regina Standback-Stroud Award for Commitment to Diversity in Higher Education, California State Academic Senate, and Dean’s Award for Achievement (CC). In August 2016, Dr. Beatty was honored as one of the Top 30 Most Influential Women of Houston.

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