Dr. Melanie Humphreys is in her ninth year as president and CEO of The King’s University. The first female president of the university, Dr. Humphreys is dedicated to cultivating a safe, inclusive environment of mutual respect, where all may belong and flourish. Dr. Humphreys has been a catalyst for change. Her tenure has seen a renewed commitment to the work of reconciliation and building a good path for indigenous student participation at King’s, an institutional name change, revision of The King’s University Act to include the ability to offer masters and doctoral degrees, renewal of the university’s strategic plan, a new campus master plan, creation of a Statement on Inclusion, increased faculty, program, research, and student support capacities, and the launch of the Leder School of Business, Academic Enrichment Centre, and Centre for Vocation and Calling.
A Canadian, Dr. Humphreys spent much of her professional career prior to her current role outside of Canada. She served as a Dean and adjunct faculty member at Wheaton College in Illinois. Prior to her time in the USA, she served ten years as Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at LCC International University, a liberal arts university in Lithuania, Eastern Europe. Dr. Humphreys holds a PhD in higher education from Azusa Pacific University in California and her undergraduate and master’s degrees from Trinity Western University in British Columbia. While completing her doctorate, she taught in Azusa Pacific’s Masters of Global Leadership program teaching in Brazil, Chile, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Referred to by students as "Prez Mel", Dr. Humphreys is an active participant on campus as her schedule allows. She travelled with the King’s choirs to the lower mainland of BC, Slovakia, Poland, and the Netherlands. She accompanied the women’s volleyball team to nationals in Halifax. Travel is a bit of a theme. Dr. Humphreys has travelled to over fifty countries and is always looking for ways to add to her country count.
Dr. Humphreys is a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta, is chair of the Education Committee and serves on a Women’s Leadership Advisory Committee to Universities Canada and is the current board chair and trustee for Los Angeles Pacific University.