Student Development Staff
Dr. Mike Loomis
Associate Vice President for Student Development
Our role and goal in student development is three fold: (a) support the mission of the university, (b) promote learning outside the classroom, and (c) challenge and support students to grow and learn holistically (intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally). These goals are accomplished through a variety of programs and services run by a terrific group of professionals that interact with students on a daily basis. In the end, we want to see students not merely survive their university experience, but truly thrive, to come to a deeper understanding of who they are in Christ, understand the gifts, talents, and strengths they possess, and leave Simpson prepared to lead as a member of their community and God’s kingdom.
I came to Simpson University in the summer of 2014 with nearly 25 years of experience in student development and Christian higher education. I earned a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College (MA), a master’s in Christian education, with an emphasis in campus ministry from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary (MA), and a doctorate in educational leadership and higher education administration from Azusa Pacific University (CA). I have been blessed to serve at five other Christian colleges and universities and bring a passion for experiential education, leadership development and character formation.
My wife and I have three children, two of whom are in college. In addition, I am a hobby farmer, outdoor enthusiast (camping, hiking, kayaking), and love to travel on my bicycle.
Coordinator of Student Life
As the Coordinator of Student Life at Simpson University, my job includes coordinating the leadership training and development for our Commuter Life and Residence Life student staff as well as coordinating and implementing the discipline process for our undergraduate students. I have served in Student Development at Simpson University since 2000 and continue to love being a part of this community as much as I did the day that I arrived. I have a heart to see lives changed and am continually amazed to see the transformational and redemptive heart of God actively at work at SU.
I grew up in several different places from Minnesota and Arizona to British Columbia, Canada (I’m a dual citizen). I graduated from Trinity Western University in 1998 with a degree in Intercultural Religious Studies and a certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. It was my phenomenal, life-changing experience in college that led me to pursue a career in Student Development. In my spare time I enjoy travelling, playing games, watching LOST, drinking coffee, and spending time with my family and my friends. My husband is originally from India, and we have two precious children: a daughter who was born in 2007 and a son who was born in 2010.
Student Life Specialist
As the student life specialist, I wear many hats to serve our wonderful students. I assist the Director of Student Life; I oversee and manage our housing software as well as all incident reports; I’m the budget keeper and a liaison between Student Life and other SU departments regarding student needs.
I graduated from MTSU with a degree in Recording Industry and worked in the Christian music industry for several years. I then received my Pastoral Care and Counseling degree from LIFE School of Ministry. My background as a youth pastor and worship pastor has helped me to serve our students and their parents well. I am very active in my church community and have a passion to see people set free by knowing who they are in Christ. I am a worship leader, mentor, singer/songwriter, speaker, and author. However, my favorite role is being married to my best friend Zac who happens to be an amazing man of God!