President's Cabinet

Dr. Robin Dummer

Interim President

Dr. Dummer is the Interim President of Simpson University. Dr. Dummer served as Simpson University’s associate provost and accreditation liaison officer from 2005-2013. He was also the dean of the school of traditional undergraduate studies. He received a B.A. in history from Simpson College, M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, M.A. in history from California State University at Chico, and Ed.D. in educational leadership from George Fox University. In 1994, after serving 10 years as a pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church in south San Francisco, he returned to his Simpson roots and served as an adjunct professor (1994-1996), an assistant professor of history (1996-2005), the chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division (1999-2005), and faculty senate president (2003-2005). He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for 39 years, love their “kids” and have a granddaughter and grandson.

Dr. Gayle Copeland


Dr. Copeland joined Simpson University in 2013 as its chief academic officer. In this position she oversees the university's academic programs, including the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies, School of Adult Studies, School of Education, School of Graduate Professional Studies, and A.W. Tozer Theological Studies. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Copeland served as chair and professor of the Education Department at Geneva College. She has worked as a teacher and administrator in California public schools and served as a professor at California State University, Fresno, Baylor University, the University of Kansas, and Alliant International University. Dr. Copeland earned a B.A. in history from Geneva College, an M.A. in history from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in education from CSU Fresno, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas. In addition, she has served as a missionary/teacher at the American Academy in Larnaca, Cyprus and on numerous national church boards with the Reformed Presbyterian Church, as well as on the Board of Trustees at Geneva College. She is a member of various national education organizations and has presented at numerous local, state, national and international conferences. Dr. Copeland is the mother of two sons, Will and Jon, both of whom were born in Russia.

Brad Williams

Executive VP and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer

Brad Williams serves as the Executive Vice President and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer of Simpson University. He has responsibility for a wide variety of activities on campus, including information technology, human resources, campus safety, auxiliary services, facilities operations, the bookstore, food service, new construction, and oversight of all legal matters. Before coming to Simpson University in 1996, Brad spent 17 years in the defense industry in engineering and program management. He earned a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Penn State University and an M.B.A from York College. He has served on various regional and national higher education boards, and currently serves with Leadership Redding and the Mercy Medical Center Redding Community Advisory Board. He and his wife, Mary Kay, have three adult sons.

Gordon Flinn

Vice President for Advancement

Gordon Flinn has served as Simpson University’s chief development officer since 2001. His duties include providing administrative oversight of institutional advancement, marketing, and alumni, parent and church relations. He is the former Vice President of Finance and Operations for a nationwide third-party insurance administrator, a Simpson alumnus, and a former ASPIRE faculty member. He holds a B.S. in Accounting from San Francisco State University and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. Mary’s College. He is a member of Redding East Rotary and a board member of the Greater Redding Chamber of Commerce, Neighborhood Church of Redding, and Town & Country Manor in Santa Ana, Calif. He and his wife, Kris, have three adult children.

Dr. Tom Shaw

Vice President for Enrollment Management

Dr. Tom Shaw joined Simpson University as Vice President for Enrollment Management in August 2014 with over 30 years’ experience in enrollment/student services-related leadership. He earned his B.A. from Moody Bible Institute and a M.S. in College Student Personnel and an Ed.D. in Educational Administration and Policy Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He also completed the Institute for Educational Management program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Tom has served in lay leadership at churches, serves on the board of directors at Fort Wilderness Ministries in Wisconsin, does enrollment management and student services consulting, and accreditation reviews. He has authored two books and numerous articles on college choice and selection. He has also developed and taught leadership courses at the graduate/seminary level. He and his wife, Carolyn, have four adult children.

Dr. Ann Stamp Miller

Associate Provost
Dean, School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Ann Stamp Miller joined Simpson University in 2007. She serves as the Humanities and Fine Arts Division Chair and History Chair. Prior to Simpson University, Ann taught at the University of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific University and served as the program coordinator of all faculty and students at TransPacific Hawaii College in Honolulu. Ann graduated from the College of Wooster with a B.A. in history and German. She earned her M.A. in European Languages and Ph.D. in European history from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dedicated to community, she has devoted time to her church in a variety of roles, served on the advisory board of the (former) Lake College, organized telethons for public television to assist in fundraising and judged high school and college research paper competitions for student scholarships. She and her husband, Peter, are members of Neighborhood Church and have two married sons.

Dr. Mike Loomis

Associate Vice President for Students Development

Dr. Michael Loomis has served as Simpson University’s Associate Vice President for Students Development since the summer of 2014. He came to Simpson University with nearly 25 years of experience in Christian higher education and has served at five other Christian colleges and universities. He earned a B.A. in psychology from Gordon College (MA), a master 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). He and his wife, Betsy, have three children. In addition, he is a hobby farmer, an outdoor enthusiast, and loves to travel on his bicycle.

Dr. John G. Burlison

Dean of Adult Studies and Online Programs

Dr. John G. Burlison joined Simpson University in June of 2014 as Dean of Adult Studies and Online Programs. He is also serving as the Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for the university. He earned his B.A. in psychology from Azusa Pacific University, his M.B.A. from University of Phoenix, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change from Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, CA. As the Dean of Adult Studies, he oversees the ASPIRE degree programs and the Center of Excellence for Learning Technology, which works with faculty across all disciplines to create more online and hybrid programs. He comes to Simpson with over 35 years of corporate, entrepreneurial and higher education experience. He and his wife Melissa have two daughters. John is an avid golfer who loves camping, fishing and the outdoors.