President Kim Phipps’ personal involvement in the local community through her board service along with the thousands of hours Messiah students spend in service in the greater Harrisburg area has positioned Messiah College as a socially conscious, leading institution of higher education in central Pennsylvania.
In recognition of her contributions to central Pennsylvania, President Phipps has been awarded several honors.
- Recipient of the 2014 Centennial Award by the School of Communication Studies at Kent State University.
- The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC name President Kim Phipps its 2012 Athena Award recipient for her demonostration of excellence, creativity and initiative in her profession; her commitment of time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community; and her willingness to assist women in reaching their full leadership potential.
- The October 2012 issue of Christianity Today distinguished President Phipps as one of 50 key leaders shaping the evangelical church and North American society in its feature, "50 Women You Should Know."
- Named the 2012 Salvation Army Civic Honoree by the Salvation Army of the Harrisburg Capital City Region in recognition of her exemplary service and social responsibility.
- Recognized as one of the 25 most influential women in central Pennsylvania by Central Penn Business Journal in 2010.
- Awarded “Women Who Care” recognition by Open Stage of Harrisburg (a regional professional theatre and education program) for her contributions to the arts and Harrisburg community in 2009.
- Named a “Mover and Shaper” by Harrisburg magazine in 2009.