Tom Humphries, president and chief executive of the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber and a member of the Ohio Board of Regents, will be the featured speaker at Youngstown State University’s Fall Commencement 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14, in Beeghly Center.
A graduate of YSU, Humphries previously was general manager of Ohio for Sprint Corp. He is also the principal of Data Voice Systems Review Inc., which implements telecommunications and associate services for companies across North America.
He took leadership of the Regional Chamber in 1997. Since then, the organization has experienced unprecedented growth in membership and services. He was the driving force behind the creation and implementation of the Chamber’s “From Steel To Scholars” program, which encouraged the region’s 45 public school districts to achieve Excellent and Effective ratings on Ohio’s Report Card, and he was instrumental in securing funding for the formation of the Eastern Ohio P-16 Partnership For Education, which works to foster post-secondary success and career readiness.
Humphries is chair of the Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund Council; a founding member and board and Operating Committee member of Team NEO; and member and past chair of the Metro Chambers of Ohio. He also is the past president of the Manufacturers Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania and has served as a board and Executive Committee member of the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges. He is past board member for the Student Access & Success Coordinating Council; past governor appointee to the Board of Partnership for Continued Learning; past board and Executive Committee member for Humility of Mary Health Partners; past board chair of the Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula Junior Achievement Board; past vice chair of the Development Committee for the Trumbull County United Way; past vice chair of the Trumbull County American Red Cross; past Executive Committee member of the Center for Learning; past Executive Committee member of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley; and past board and Executive Committee member of First Place Bank of Warren, Ohio. He has also served on the boards of JumpStart Inc., the Youngstown Foundation and Youngstown Business Incubator.
Humphries earned a certificate in Executive Management from Duke University and is a veteran of the Air Force. He lives in Girard, Ohio, with his wife of 47 years, Cathy. They are the parents of two sons and also have two grandchildren.