Kim PhippsKim S. Phipps, Ph.D., was named the eighth president of Messiah College in December 2004.  Dr. Phipps is the first woman president in the College’s history.  Prior to her appointment as president, Dr. Phipps served as Messiah’s interim president, provost, and academic dean.  Dr. Phipps has researched and authored numerous publications on topics related to community and higher education.

President Phipps holds a Ph.D. in communication studies from Kent State University. An advocate for academic excellence and holistic student learning—Dr. Phipps is passionate about the lives and educational experience of students—not only at Messiah, but in the broader Academy. She is an accessible leader who builds shared vision and authentic relationships with colleagues and students—and fosters a strong and nurturing academic community as a result.  Some of her major accomplishments include:

  • The successful completion of “To Serve & To Lead,” the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in Messiah’s history, which raised $50.5 million for student enrichment through new facilities, academic programming, and financial aid.  Currently, she has raised over 39 million dollars toward a 40 million goal for the Messiah College Centennial Campaign.
  • The formation of a multidisciplinary Integrated Marketing Team responsible to develop a long term strategic plan for meeting the College’s student recruitment goals.
  • The launch of a College-wide Diversity Strategic Planning Initiative, rooted in a comprehensive, candid survey of Messiah’s campus climate related to a wide range of diversity aspects in the campus community.
  • The hosting of The Compassion Forum, an unprecedented discussion nationally televised live by CNN with presidential candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on issues related to the integration of personal faith and public policy.
  • The implementation of six graduate programs at the College.


Dr. Phipps is an active member of the Central Pennsylvania community and represents the College’s commitment to civic engagement by serving on a variety of local, regional, and national boards.