Chancellor Kimberly Beatty offers nuggets and lessons to The Gathering

From left: Dr. Tammara Durham, University of Kansas; Dr. DeAngela Burns Wallace, University of Kansas; Robert Page, MCC Director of Inclusion and Engagement; Dr. Kimberly Beatty, MCC Chancellor; Dr. Corliss Bennett, Humboldt State University; Dr. Tyjaun Lee, MCC-Penn Valley President, Dr. Nina Caldwell, Maryville University, Dr. Crystal Johnson, MCC-Maple Woods Division Chair

Metropolitan Community College Chancellor Kimberly Beatty shared her professional journey with more than 100 African American higher education professionals during an event organized by the College’s Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

The Gathering is an annual event at MCC designed to provide professional development, fellowship and networking opportunities for senior, mid-level, intermediate and new African American faculty and staff in higher education.

Dr. Beatty addressed the Gathering audience on Sept. 29 at the MCC-Penn Valley campus, relating how she came to be at the College and shared what she called nuggets or lessons to help attendees achieve their professional goals.

Dr. Beatty is the first person of color to hold MCC’s highest office. She joined MCC as its chancellor on July 1.

During her talk, Dr. Beatty encouraged, “You have to be flexible and you have to be mobile” in order to make the most of your opportunities. Her path included community colleges in California, Virginia and Texas, coming to MCC from Houston Community College. She charmed the crowd with a story of how she and her husband sat down and drew a map with a line drawn at the “40” (40 degrees latitude) so they could target potential jobs and homes not in the colder climates.

Dr. Kimberly Beatty

Another nugget shared by the Chancellor: “You have to do your part.” If there’s a checklist, Dr. Beatty advised professionals to make sure that every check was marked off and not to do half measures. Dr. Beatty also suggested, “sometimes you have to find creative ways to accomplish what you want to accomplish.” She said, “If you’re not where you want to be, look for opportunities for you to embrace and immerse yourself in an institution.” Dr. Beatty advised the gathered professionals that curriculum and strategic planning initiatives were a good place to start networking if they were not already doing so.

The Gathering program also included an opportunity for attendees to develop a personal career plan and visit with colleagues about best practices.

The Gathering attendees included both MCC faculty and staff as well as numerous participants from many regional educational institutions.

Dr. Beatty’s closing nugget: “Know yourself and be honest with yourself.”

The Gathering is sponsored by Spelman Johnson, an executive search firm exclusively committed to serving higher education.

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For more on Dr. Beatty’s journey, click here to read her biography.