Mary Grace Simcox, EdD, RN
Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences
As the founding president of the college, which is part of Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, Dr. Simcox leads the only institution in Lancaster solely dedicated to the education of healthcare professionals. “With nearly 2,000 students, it’s an honor and privilege to be responsible for preparing Lancaster County’s future healthcare workforce,” she said.
She has served as the president of the college since its inception in 2001. As President, she has had the rare opportunity to turn several nursing and allied health diploma programs into a fully accredited health sciences college.
“To witness the growth of the college from a few hundred students to nearly 2,000—including so many first-generation and minority students— is something to cherish,” she said. The most important life lesson she’s learned: Opportunities are blessings. “In my life, I’ve been given many opportunities. Had I ignored them out of fear, I would have missed out on chances to make a real difference. As I reflect, I am grateful for those who believed in me and saw what I didn’t see in myself,” Simcox said.
She and her husband like to experience different places and cultures. Although she’s traveled abroad, Simcox knows there are some beautiful and serene places within the country. Sedona, AZ is her favorite place to visit. “Also, anyone who knows me knows that my family and four granddaughters are my greatest joy,” Simcox said.