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Presidential Leadership


Messiah College signMessiah College has enjoyed the courageous leadership of eight visionary presidents throughout its 100-year history. Each leader has been passionate about Messiah’s role in Christian higher education and worked tirelessly to recruit students, raise funds, expand the physical plant, develop academic and co-curricular programs, and promote church and community relations.


Their challenges were different but their goals were the same: to create an environment where students’ lives were transformed.


S. R. Smith

C. N. Hostetter Sr.

Enos Hess

C. N. Hostetter Jr.

Arthur Climenhaga

D. Ray Hostetter

Rodney Sawatsky

Kim Phipps



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