PA Commission for Community Colleges Welcomes New Communications Director

PA Commission for Community Colleges
Welcomes New Communications Director

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges President & CEO Elizabeth Bolden today announced that Carolyn Simpson has joined the Commission as Director of Communications.

In this role, Simpson will help advance the interests of Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges and advocate for the Commonwealth’s community colleges with one, unified voice. She will be responsible for communicating quality achievements and data with policymakers, the media and other key audiences; creating and sustaining relationships with internal and external audiences and partners; and facilitating the exchange of information among the colleges and their various staff organizations.

“With experience in local, state and national public relations, launching and managing social media presences and writing, editing, and developing collateral materials, Carolyn will be a strong addition to the Commission team,” said Bolden. “She will be an asset as we communicate our vision of increasing the workforce readiness skills and educational attainment level of Pennsylvanians to create a productive workforce and vibrant economy.”

Simpson most recently served as Deputy Director of Communications under Attorney General Josh Shapiro. Other professional experience includes her work at SpiriTrust Lutheran®, a York-based non-profit; Sacunas, a Harrisburg-based advertising agency; and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Simpson earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Kutztown University. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society, is a past president of the International Association of Business Communicators Harrisburg Chapter and is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region.


The Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges is a voluntary membership association for Pennsylvania’s community colleges. Members include college presidents, members of the colleges’ boards of trustees, and key college administrators. The Commission represents the interests of and advocates for the collective needs of the community colleges to federal and state policymakers. For more information, please visit