Dr. Kimberly Beatty

Dr. Kimberly Beatty


Metropolitan Community College

Dr. Beatty, wife, mother, grandmother, and Chancellor. Dr. Beatty began her tenure July 1, 2017 and con-tinues to lead a multi-campus college with approximately 800 full-time and 1,200 part-time employees. As such she models leadership for employees, but also for the approximately 30,000 students that attend each year.
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 a passion for strengthening the pipeline of college-ready students entering community colleg-es as demonstrated through her development and implementation of the Black Studies Program, Upward Bound Program, implementation of Pathways along with expansion of dual credit and dual enrollment pro-grams while serving at Tidewater Community College, Cypress College, and Houston Community College.

Dr. Beatty has served on a number of boards at the state and national levels. She is committed to work-force 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 Kan-sas City.

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.