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. Rich Brown

Vice President for Student Development

Dr. Brown has served as Vice President for Student Development at Simpson University since 2006. Previous leadership positions include Vice President for Spiritual Formation, Dean of Simpson Graduate School of Ministry, and Director of Pastoral Ministry. Prior to coming to Simpson in 1993, Rich pastored Christian and Missionary Alliance churches in Orlando, Fla., Menomonie, Wis., Arlington, Va., and Shell Lake, Wis. The author of Restoring the Vow of Stability (Christian Publications, 1993), and various writings in publications such as Alliance Life (His Part and Ours), he holds a B.A. in History from Crown College; and an M.A. in Christian Education, M.Div. and D. Min. from Bethel Theological Seminary. Rich and his wife, Kathy, have four married children (all Simpson alumni) and seven grandchildren.

Dr. Glee Brooks

Dean of Education

Dr. Brooks serves as Dean for the School of Education, a position she has held since 2001. She leads the Education team in their work of preparing new teachers, administrators and candidates for the Master of Arts in Education degrees. Prior to her role as Dean, Dr. Brooks taught for 28 years in the public schools as a reading specialist, elementary grade teacher for grades first-sixth, and seventh-10th grade math. Dr. Brooks holds credentials in elementary education, administration, reading specialist, and EL Authorization. She holds a BA from University of Northern Colorado, a MA in Education from Pacific University, a MA in Education/Educational Leadership from St. Mary's College, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California.

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.

Curt Dodds

Director of Information Technology

Curt Dodds joined Simpson University in 2006 as the Director of Information Technology. He holds a M.S. in Software Engineering from Cal State University, Fullerton and a B.A. in Philosophy from Westmont College. He occasionally teaches undergraduate computer courses and in the ASPIRE degree completion program. In the course of his 20+ year career in software engineering, Curt designed and built computer software systems for many different businesses and industries, including AT&T, Western Union, American Express, and Northrop Grumman, among others. Curt is also a founding partner of Op-Test, a "high-tech" equipment manufacturer based in Redding. He is a member of the IEEE and ACM. Curt and his wife, Lori, have lived in Redding since 1989. They have three adult children.

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. 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.

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.