Governor Honors Kathy Humphrey as Everyday Hero

Issue Date: 
March 4, 2013

Pitt Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey was one of five African American leaders from across the state honored by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett for their commitment and dedication to their communities.

 Part of the Corbett administration’s Black History Month activities, the ceremony at the State Museum in Harrisburg was held Feb. 27 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation by Abraham Lincoln. Items from the State Museum’s Emancipation Proclamation exhibition were on display during the ceremony.

“We honor five people today—a youth advocate, two educators, a community outreach leader, and a doctor,” Corbett said. “Generations to come will see the impact they have on others and their communities because of the dedication and optimism they share with all of us.”

Also recognized were Cassandra Vaughn, director of community-based services for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Harrisburg; Denise Williams, executive director of the Mount Ararat Community Activity Center in East Liberty; Deborah Witt, a Thomas Jefferson University Hospital medical doctor and an assistant professor of family medicine within Jefferson Medical College; and Ron Jackson, dean of students for the Community College of Philadelphia.

All five honorees were nominated by members of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs.

The governor’s office said in a news release that “Humphrey has dedicated her career to helping college students cultivate their purpose and find their passion, as well as giving them the tools to find success in both the classroom and the world.”

Among Humphrey’s community activities are her service as a board member of the American Red Cross of Southwestern Pennsylvania and as board vice chair of Leadership Pittsburgh. She also serves on the board of Three Rivers Adoption Council.

“During Black History Month, we will continue to celebrate historic figures such as Martin Luther King Jr.,” said Karen Stokes, executive director and chair of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs. “But it is just as important to recognize the contributions made by people like little league coaches, teachers, and community volunteers. Their strength and dedication is a hallmark of the African American community.”