Simpson University Board of Trustees Announces New President

REDDING, Calif. – The Simpson University Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Norman Hall as 15th president of Simpson University.

Dr. Hall is the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University in Greenville, Ill. Previously, he served as Vice President and Dean of Student Development at Greenville University and Director of Residence Life at Azusa Pacific University and at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

Dr. Hall, 53, received his doctorate in educational administration from Pepperdine University, a master of science in education from Southern Illinois University, and bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology from Greenville University.

Dr. Hall replaces President Robin Dummer, who served as interim president for two years before becoming president in 2015. Dr. Dummer announced last year his plans to retire from Simpson after the 2017-18 year.

A presidential search committee was formed last August, composed of Simpson University faculty, staff, administration, alumni, student and board representatives. The search was aided by the consulting firm JobFitMatters.

Dr. Hall was the unanimous recommendation of the executive committee to the full board, which voted unanimously April 30 to appoint him president. His first day in that role will be June 1.

“We are really pleased to introduce Dr. Hall to the Simpson and Redding communities,” board Chair Norm Reinhardt said. “We find that he brings gifts and personal qualities uniquely suited to Simpson’s vision and needs at this juncture in our rich history.”

Dr. Hall and his wife, Alison, have three college-age children.

“I am excited to be joining Simpson University, and we look forward to becoming part of the Redding community,” Dr. Hall said. “My motivation to provide excellence in Christian higher education springs from a deeply rooted commitment to growing students who will impact the world for Christ.”

Video of a press conference held May 1. Simpson University Board of Trustees chair Norm Reinhardt introduces Dr. Norman Hall, the board’s unanimous selection for 15th president of the university.

Top photo by Sarah Barrows 

Related media links:
Redding Record Searchlight article
Redding Record Searchlight video interview with Dr. Hall


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings; the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing, A.W. Tozer Seminary, the School of Education, and the School of Graduate Professional Studies. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit

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