Messiah University announces public phase of its capital campaign

Messiah University announces its capital campaign, “The Campaign for Messiah University: Learning for Life, Transforming the World”

MECHANICSBURG, Pennsylvania (Sept. 16, 2021) – Messiah University today announced the public phase of its capital campaign, The Campaign for Messiah University: Learning for Life, Transforming the World. The $75 million campaign supports Messiah’s vision to educate students for a lifetime of learning opportunities, including engaging its students and alumni beyond the undergraduate and graduate programs to include certificates and enhanced learning courses.

This campaign encompasses several broad areas that support the University’s efforts to fulfill its vision, including: The Messiah Fund and Scholarship Aid, Scholarship and Program Endowments, New Facilities, and Estate Planning Gifts.

Messiah University, formerly Messiah College until it changed its name on July 1, 2020, is ushering in a new era, while remaining faithful to the mission it has always held. “We view this campaign as a catalyst from Messiah College to Messiah University—which has become more of a comprehensive institution of higher education,” said Jon Stuckey, associate vice president for development. “President Kim Phipps has outlined a vision where Messiah no longer offers only traditional undergraduate degrees, but also graduate programs (including doctoral programs), programs for adult learners, degree completion, certifications and continuing education.”

“We know we are fulfilling our institutional mission by the outcomes we are able to document of our alumni as Christ-centered servant leaders across the globe,” said President Kim Phipps. “Alumni are the proof of the true value of a Messiah education.”

Slated to be completed in December 2022, the campaign has already reached several milestone accomplishments, including the construction of the Ralph S. Larsen Finance Lab, Martin Dining Commons, the Falcon Fitness Center, Sawyer Gymnasium, Jordan Court in Hitchcock Arena, a new lacrosse field, the resurfacing of Anderson Field, and, most recently, the Kim S. Phipps Admissions and Welcome Center. The University has also significantly increased scholarship endowment and direct aid resources for its students. In total, Messiah has received $70 million toward its $75 million goal.

“What makes Messiah University unique is a rich blend of Christian faith and academic rigor—qualities that have remained steadfast during the institution’s history,” said Stuckey. “This campaign extends that tradition, transforming Messiah of the past to Messiah of the future, while keeping Christ preeminent and remaining rooted in Christian faith.”

Learn more about Messiah’s capital campaign at

About Messiah University

Founded in 1909, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university with a student body of more than 3,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Founded in 1909 and located near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah University is a nationally ranked, private Christian university of the liberal and applied arts and sciences that enrolls nearly 3,400 undergraduate, adult degree program and graduate students.