Simpson University Welcomes New Executive Leaders

REDDING, Calif.—Simpson University is pleased to announce the appointments of a new provost and chief financial officer, who join President Norman Hall’s leadership team.

Dr. Dale Simmons, who served most recently as interim provost/senior vice president at Fresno Pacific University, started June 3 as the administrator in charge of the university’s academic programs, including traditional undergraduate, adult studies, and graduate studies.

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Dr. Dale Simmons

Dr. Simmons has served in administrative roles at Fresno Pacific University (provost and senior vice president), Aurora University near Chicago (vice president of academic affairs), Judson University in Elgin, Ill. (provost and vice president of academic affairs), and at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. (associate dean of curriculum and academic development).

Dr. Simmons holds Ph.D. and M.Phil. degrees in modern history and literature from Drew University. He earned an M.A. in theological and historical studies and a bachelor’s degree in biblical literature from Oral Roberts University.

His doctoral emphasis was on late 19th/early 20th century religion and culture, with a focus on the Holiness/Higher Christian Life movement, of which A.B. Simpson—founder of The Christian & Missionary Alliance for whom Simpson University was named—was an intimate part.


Tim Dietz

Simpson University also welcomes Tim Dietz as its new chief financial officer. Dietz studied accounting at Greenville University in Illinois, then received his MBA at Emporia State University in Kansas. He has worked for State Farm Insurance and served in multiple leadership roles for more than 15 years, receiving multiple insurance and accounting licenses. He worked as CFO of Greenville University prior to coming to Simpson University and received two of the past three awards for best practices at the annual Central Association of College and University Business Officers Conference.

In other leadership news, Dr. Patrick Blewett, who has served as interim provost and dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, has been named executive dean of Tozer Seminary and Special Projects.

Other members of the president’s leadership team include R. Walter Quirk, chief operating officer; Mark Endraske, dean of students; Ken White, dean of advancement; and Dr. Dan Pinkston, faculty president.


Simpson University, founded in 1921, moved to Redding 30 years ago and will celebrate its centennial in 2021. In addition to offering 25 majors in its traditional undergraduate program, the university has graduated more than 4,000 North State adults from its ASPIRE degree-completion program, and nearly 3,000 from its School of Education. It has a No. 8-ranked School of Nursing, a seminary, and master’s programs in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. Simpson University is recognized nationally by Colleges of Distinction.

Simpson is launching new athletics programs in track and field, swimming and diving, women’s wrestling, and men’s volleyball, as well as a bass fishing team. The university is also working to better serve transfer students from community colleges through its commitment to Associate Degree for Transfer agreements, and it is offering new scholarships.

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