Chevy Humphrey

Chevy Humphrey, DBA


Chevy Humphrey, DBA, has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI) since January 2021. In this role, she oversees all aspects of executing the strategic vision of MSI, including guest experience, transformational exhibits, education programming, community engagement, and financial sustainability and growth.

Dr. Humphrey is an international leader in the field of informal science education. Before joining MSI, she served for 15 years as CEO of Arizona Science Center. She serves as the Past Chair of the Board of the American Alliance of Museums, the world’s largest museum association, serving 35,000 members. She is Past Chair of the Board of the Association of Science and Technology Centers, which serves more than 500 science centers in more than 50 countries and has also served as the Chair of the Selection and Annual Review Committee for the National Science Foundation’s then largest informal science initiative, Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE-Net).

Dr. Humphrey has a long-history on serving on a wide variety of boards. Currently, she is a member of the Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory, a science and engineering research national laboratory operated by U-Chicago Argonne LLC for the United States Department of Energy. She also serves on the Economic Club of Chicago, Choose Chicago, the Chicago Public Education Fund, the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library, the Sandra Day O'Connor Institute, Helios Education Foundation, Education Forward Arizona, and the Advisory Board for After School Matters. She is Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee for Grand Canyon Education, Inc., a $3.2B market cap education services company that provides a full array of services in the post-secondary education market (NASDAQ: LOPE).

A compassionate business leader and mentor, Dr. Humphrey has been named a Visionary Leader by the Women’s National Basketball Association. The Phoenix Business Journal named her one of its Most Admired CEOs and she was their first awardee in 2017 as its Mentor of the Year. She also received the ATHENA award from the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Humphrey was named to Crain’s Chicago Business’s 2023 Notable Women in STEM list and its 2023 Who’s Who list; she participated in Leadership Greater Chicago’s Daniel Burnham Fellowship, and she has received numerous awards from Chicago community organizations, including Girls Inc. Chicago’s 2023 Strong Smart Bold award and the Illinois Black Chamber, Cook County Black Chamber and Garfield Park Chamber of Commerce’s 2022 Business Leader of the Year award.

Dr. Humphrey is originally from Houston, Texas. She earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from Grand Canyon University and an honorary Doctor of Science and Technology degree from the University of Advancing Technology. She holds a Master of Business Administration—with specializations in innovation entrepreneurship and marketing—from Northeastern University and a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Phoenix. Dr. Humphrey also received Executive Education certifications from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and Yale School of Management.