Houston Community College (HCC) has appointed Dr. Monique Umphrey president of its Northeast Campus effective May 6, pending approval by the board of trustees.
“Dr. Umphrey shares our bold vision for elevating Houston Community College to new heights,” said Houston Chancellor Cesar Maldonado. “She has a proven record of success as a leader in higher education and has a history of many accomplishments.”
Currently, Umphrey serves as vice president of workforce innovation and dean for information technology at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C). In this role, she offers vision and guidance in intertwined academic and workforce programs for the IT Center of Excellence, expanding IT degree completion rates by 7 percent.
She has made several accomplishments while at Tri-C, such as establishing Bridge to Bachelor pathways to align college credits for students in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who are between high school and four-year colleges.
Umphrey also spear-headed the IT Center of Excellence textbook affordability initiative at the college to implement the use of open educational resources (OER) materials and form partnerships with the industry, like IBM and Apple.
Before her time at Tri-C, Umphrey worked in several industries for two decades, and for companies like Med Solutions, ACS (Xerox) and Bridgestone/Firestone. Her experience working in these Fortune 500 companies has given her the necessary knowledge required to be in charge of teams, manage resources, plan projects and administer budgets, according to a HCC release.
“Her education, private sector experience and her broad work in higher education as faculty and administrator, make her a great addition to the HCC Family,” said Maldonado.
Umphrey earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Community Colleges, Workforce Development Institute and Achieving the Dream.