In Conversation with… Dr. Robert Humphreys, Sr., Former HU President
What is your favorite memory from your time at Humphreys University?
June 1992. I was driving to the commencement exercises and got a call on my car phone. It was Steve Weiner, the president of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. He was calling to congratulate me that the accrediting commission had just met and granted full accreditation to Humphreys. I was very lucky and excited to be able to announce to everyone at the graduation that the degrees they would be receiving that night would be to first to be covered by full WASC accreditation. Very exciting.
How do you think Humphreys being started by your family and had family involved affects the way it operates?
The short answer is “Commitment”.
It was started by and owned originally by my grandfather and has been managed by a member of the Humphreys family ever since. As to how the family affects the way it operates, I believe that there is a sense of responsibility and commitment to the university and a definite educational philosophy that drives the institution. This philosophy says that every person deserves an opportunity to further their education, become competent in a discipline of their interest, and seek exposure to areas they never thought of or heard of before.
If you had not become the President of Humphreys University, what career would you have chosen?
An airline pilot.
What do you miss most about working at Humphreys?
Working with the students.
What advice did your dad give you when you became President at Humphreys?
Our job at Humphreys is to provide an education for all those who may not otherwise have the opportunity.
Are there any cool/interesting items around the school that you think would be interesting to share information about? Super old typewriter, items that aren’t used anymore, etc…
We have a collection of old typewriters, I mean from the 1880 or so, that we should do something with. We should have a display or something of these. I don’t know if they are valuable or not but certainly would have some historical value.