Brother Frederick Steven Humphries, Jr. (Fall 1980) Elected To Morehouse College Board Of Trustees
Brother Frederick S. Humphries, Jr. has been elected to the Board of Trustees at Atlanta, Georgia's Morehouse College — the world’s only HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) for men. The historic institution has produced four Rhodes Scholars, several college presidents, and leaders in many other fields around the globe.
Word of his trustee appointment made the rounds during last week's Morehouse College founder's observances. During his remarks at the 32nd annual "Candle In The Dark Gala," Humphries ignited the live fundraising rally with his usual colorful challenge to other potential funders amongst the audience of 2000+. The college reported that $3.8 million was raised at this year's event.
Brother Humphries is the Corporate Vice President of U.S. Government Affairs for Microsoft Corporation in Washington, D.C., where he manages both the federal and state government affairs teams. With almost 20 years of state, federal, campaign, and association experience, Humphries’ professional background includes serving as senior policy advisor for Representative Richard Gephardt’s leadership staff in Washington, D.C., in the Office of the Minority Leader, as southern political director for the for the Democratic National Committee, and as chief of staff for Representative Sanford Bishop, D-GA.
Humphries’ role as Microsoft’s chief public policy advocate means he sets the corporation’s strategy and government affairs outreach on the most pressing policy issues facing the technology industry. Some of those issues include cloud computing, taxes, privacy, trade, cybersecurity, education, immigration and emerging technologies. When he joined the tech company in 2000 as director of State Governmental Affairs, he’d already spent nearly two decades working behind-the-scenes in governmental and political arenas.
Today Humphries collaborates with Ed Ingle, the software giant’s managing director for government affairs, to ensure that its voice is heard.
He also has substantial experience in national politics, having served on the staffs of four presidential campaigns. In addition to his undergraduate political science degree from Morehouse College in 1983, he received his J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law in 1986, and is featured in the 22nd Annual Temple University Gallery of Success in Philadelphia, PA.
Humphries was quoted in an interview prior to the delivery of his December 2019 commencement address at Fort Valley State University: "I was raised in Tennessee, and my father (Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, Sr., Beta Nu Chapter Fall 1954) was president of Tennessee State University and then Florida A&M University," said Humphries, who was the first African-American officer in his Microsoft Division. "So, I was raised on HBCU (historically black college and universities) campuses."
Humphries serves on the boards of numerous non-profit and public service organizations, including Temple University Beasley School of Law, Information Technology Industry Council, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and the USTR Advisory Committee on Africa, among others.
He and his wife, Attorney Kim Sheftall Humphries, Spelman College '84, reside in Washington, D.C. They have two adult children. His late Aunt, Dr. Mona Humphries Bailey, served as the 17th National President of Delta Sigma The Sorority, Inc. (1979-83).
Caption: Members of the Auspicious 13 -- Fall 1980 initiates of Alpha Rho Chapter at Morehouse College.