Mary Grace Simcox, EdD, RN
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
She has served as the president of the college for 21 years.
Simcox said she has the privilege of working with talented faculty and staff dedicated to the success of our learners.
“Their commitment is unwavering. In addition, we can change lives through the power of education,” Simcox said. “As a result of their education, our learners are gainfully employed and earn wages that are life-sustaining for themselves and their families. Lastly, we ensure that Lancaster County will have the health care workforce it needs for today and into the future.”
She said the college’s learners inspire her daily. They not only commit to an education, but many are also working 20 to 30 hours weekly and have families.
Simcox said higher education has seen significant changes over the past decade that have intensified because of the pandemic. Individuals are searching for programs that offer flexibility and virtual and online studies, she said.
Over time, several people have taught Simcox a great deal. Her most significant mentor was the first one she had as she began teaching.
“I learned that the role of an educator was not just to teach but to encourage and enable individuals to grow to their full potential as a person and a professional. As a mentor, she not only taught me how to teach but demonstrated effective leadership skills and the importance of collaboration. I witnessed the effect of positive interactions and the value of teamwork,” Simcox said.
This profile is part of CPBJ's Healthcare Power 30 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at cpbj.com or in our digital edition.