Executive Director of Marketing and Communications
"As Messiah's Director of Marketing and Communications, I'm privileged to work with a talented, creative team of writers, designers, and other marketing and PR professionals to tell the story of Messiah University and to communicate Messiah’s distinctive brand both on and off campus. Our team is responsible for strategizing and implementing the University's print and digital communications, particularly as they relate to undergraduate and graduate student recruitment, media relations, social media, crisis communications, and institutional marketing and branding initiatives.
Through our work, we have the opportunity to share what a vibrant, academically excellent and authentically Christian community Messiah University truly is. I also serve a dual role as the Special Assistant to the President for Communication in which I assist President Kim Phipps with a variety of internal and external communication issues, and special projects and events, including Commencement and, most recently, Messiah's transition to becoming Messiah University on July 1, 2020!”
Prior to coming to Messiah College in 1996, Carla worked in marketing and media and public relations in the state government and nonprofit healthcare sectors. She holds an M.S. in public relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and a B.A. in advertising from Penn State University. When "off-duty," Carla and her husband, Dana, are most often found spending time with their high school-aged twin son and daughter. She also enjoys being a soccer mom, traveling, photography, and reading.
Carla E. Gross
Exectuive Director of Marketing and Communications
Special Assistant to the President for Communication
Office of Marketing and Communications
One University Avenue, Suite 3020
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Office phone: (717) 691-6027