It took incredible courage, resources, and faith for founder S.R. Smith
to keep his successful noodle-making business running while also
opening a college—called Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training
Home—in his Harrisburg home in 1909. Yet, thanks to Smith’s bold vision,
more than 100 years have passed and his educational venture has
blossomed into an academically excellent Christian college of the
liberal and applied arts and sciences called home by more than 2,900
undergraduate and graduate students.
The individuals that comprise Messiah
College—compassionate students, dedicated employees, engaged educators,
inspiring alumni, thoughtful neighbors and community friends—motivate
our campus community each day as we work together to promote Messiah
College in creative, innovative ways.
Education has been a passion of mine from the moment I
got my first taste of school as a kindergartner in Long Island, N.Y.
(If you ask my brothers, they might say that my passion was once a
little misplaced as I used to force them to play school with me!)
Teaching is simply in my blood, and I spent several years teaching in
the field of rhetoric and communication before accepting the call to
become Messiah College’s eighth president in 2004. Now, as president of
Messiah, my desire to see young men and women be transformed by their
educational experiences has found a perfect home.
Messiah College is in its second century of educating
students toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith.
As we look ahead to our second century, I welcome you to join our
community— whether as a student, a patron of our arts and athletics
events, or a friend faithfully supporting our mission with gifts and