Dr. Melanie Humphreys is in her sixth year as President and CEO of The King’s University. Dr. Humphreys has been a catalyst for change. Under her leadership, the University has achieved the founding of the Leder School of Business, an institutional name change, and the creation of Shared Vision 2020, a strategic plan with the vision of becoming widely known as a Christian university serving to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.
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 has travelled with the King’s choirs to 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 50 countries and is always looking for ways to add to her country count.
A cadence that Dr. Humphreys lives by is to divert daily, withdraw weekly, and abandon annually. Divert daily is a simple practice and could be something as simple as an encouraging phone call with a friend. Withdraw weekly is the practice of Sabbath which usually involves rest, worship, and family. Abandon annually has taken different forms over the years but some of the best of this practice has involved walking the Camino de Santiago trail; hiking to the Havasu, Mooney, and Navajo Falls in the Grand Canyon; and a castles tour in Scotland.
Dr. Humphreys is a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta, serves on the Education Committee and Women’s Leadership Advisory Committee to Universities Canada, and is a Trustee for Los Angeles Pacific University.