Kim 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:
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.