Chevy Humphrey President and CEO Museum of Science and Industry-Chicago The Catalyst Award Biography Chevy Humphrey is a corporate board director, business executive, science educator, and globally recognized industry leader. Humphrey is the first woman and first Black American to lead the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere. In 2005, Humphrey became the first Black American named to lead a science center in the United States when she became CEO of Arizona Science Center where she served for 15 years. During her tenure at ASC, Humphrey adopted best practices from business to create a robust and thriving community-serving organization. Under Humphrey’s leadership, Arizona Science Center’s assetsincreased by more than $40M, and programming expanded dramatically. At thesame time, Humphrey formed an equity-forward organizational culture through atransparent, inclusive, collaborative, and highly communicative team that valuesaccountability, urban and rural community relationships, innovation, and anentrepreneurial spirit, while working in partnership with the Board of Trusteesand the community. Humphrey serves as Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee forGrand Canyon Education, Inc., a $3B market cap education services companythat provides a full array of services in the post-secondary education market(NASDAQ: LOPE). Humphrey brings to GCE her wealth of experience in scienceand technology education, board governance, community and public privatepartnerships and building an inclusive culture and entrepreneurial environment. Humphrey is a member of the Board of Governors for the Argonne NationalLaboratory, a science and engineering research national laboratory operated byU-Chicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy. She alsocurrently serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including the Sandra DayO'Connor Institute, Choose Chicago, Education Forward Arizona, HeliosEducation Foundation, and she serves as the Chair of the Board of theAmerican Alliance of Museums, the largest museum alliance serving more than35,000 members globally. Humphrey has been recognized widely as a compassionate business leader andinnovator. The Phoenix Business Journal named Humphrey one of its MostAdmired CEOs, and she was their first awardee in 2017 as its Mentor of theYear. She has been named a Visionary Leader by the Women’s National Basketball Association and is an ATHENA award recipient from the GreaterPhoenix Chamber of Commerce. Humphrey received an honorary Doctor of Science and Technology degree fromthe University of Advancing Technology. She earned an MBA from NortheasternUniversity, with specializations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship andInnovation and earned her BS degree in Marketing from the University ofPhoenix. Humphrey has attended advanced management courses at TheWharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University GraduateSchool of Business and Yale University School of Management. She is pursuinga Doctorate in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University. Proudest Career Moment:
Becoming the first Black American President and CEO in a science center in the United States.
Fun Fact about Chevy:
I love interior decorating homes.
Favorite Part about your job?
Mentoring and empowering my team members to achieve and reach their personal and professional goals.