Dr. Mary Grace Simcox Named to Central Penn Business Journal’s 2021 Power 30 for Health Care List

by Sarah Mongeau December 5, 2021

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, central Pennsylvania’s preeminent educational institution for the health care field, today announced that President Dr. Mary Grace Simcox has been named to the Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 30 for Health Care List.

The Central Penn Business Journal’s editorial staff selects the Power 30 as the state’s most influential leaders who shape their communities and positively impact the quality of life. The list is part of the publication’s Power 100, which showcases business owners, CEOs, lawyers, public servants, elected officials and others who are impacting lives, inspiring success, sparking innovation and leading the Central Pennsylvania community into the future.

“At Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, it’s our mission to educate for excellence in health care practice, leadership and the continuous acquisition of knowledge, and it’s a privilege to do so in Central Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Mary Grace Simcox, president of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. “Being named to the Power 30 for Health Care List is an honor. My role is one that I truly cherish, as we prepare our future health care workforce and also partner with local health systems, institutions and businesses for the benefit of our students and the greater community.”

Dr. Simcox is the first and only president of Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. She joined PA College in 1997 as the Dean of Nursing for a collection of programs that made up the Lancaster Institute for Health Education (also known as LIHE). Seven months later she stepped into an interim role overseeing all of LIHE’s programs, and the position became permanent. Working with a small group of staff and faculty, Dr. Simcox led the evolution of LIHE to become the Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences in 2001.

In the years that followed, Dr. Simcox oversaw the addition of three new bachelor’s degree programs and two expansions of the College’s buildings, and helped lead the College through a strategic planning process. In 2014, the institution changed its name to Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences. Under Dr. Simcox’s leadership, the school grew from a collection of buildings spread throughout downtown Lancaster to a state-of-the-art centralized campus. She transformed the school from one that granted diplomas to a College that bestows associate, bachelor, master and doctoral degrees.