Simpson University to Inaugurate 15th President on Oct. 12

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University will inaugurate Dr. Norman Hall as its 15th president in a special ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, inside the James M. Grant Student Life Center on campus.

The event will be live-streamed at

Delegates from other colleges and universities around the country will join university trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends for the inauguration, which will be followed by an outdoor reception.

The Rev. Dr. Rick McPeak, professor emeritus of philosophy and theology at Greenville University in Illinois, will deliver the main address, titled “Everything New is Old Again.”

Dr hall headshot web.jpgDr. Hall took over the top leadership role at Simpson University on June 1, succeeding President Robin Dummer. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Hall served as the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University. He also was Vice President and Dean of Student Development at Greenville University.

Dr. Hall has also served at Azusa Pacific University, Ashland University (Ohio), University of California, Santa Barbara, and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

He received his doctorate in education 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 and his wife, Alison, who is from Northern Ireland, have three college-age children.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduategraduate, and teaching credential programs. The university will celebrate its 30th year in Redding in 2019.  Simpson was named a 2018 Colleges of Distinction. 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 NursingA.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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