Role of President’s Cabinet at Simpson University
University administrators oversee student activities, university professors and programs. The cabinet makes decisions about the direction of the institution as a whole. Cabinet reviews and approves new policies, prepares the operational budget of the institution, reviews and approves new program development (both curricular and co-curricular), determines price increases, and is a conduit through which information can flow to and from each area of the campus.
Dr. Hall became Simpson University’s 15th president in June 2018. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Hall served as the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University (Ill.). He also was Vice President & Dean of Student Development at Greenville University. He served at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.); Ashland University (Ohio); University of California, Santa Barbara; and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Hall received his doctorate in educational administration from Pepperdine University (Calif.), 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.
Dr. Dale Simmons joined Simpson in June 2019 as the provost, overseeing all academic programs. He 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 and for whom Simpson University was named—was an intimate part.
R. Walter Quirk
Acting Chief Operating Officer
Business professor Wally Quirk to serve as the acting COO. Mr. Quirk
brings decades of business, fiscal management and leadership expertise, faculty experience, and more than ten years of experience as the faculty athletic representative to the position. As COO, Quirk will be responsible for Human Resources, Finance, Auxiliary Services, Facilities, Maintenance, Grounds and IT. He will also have overall responsibility for the areas of Marketing and Enrollment and Athletics.
Chief Financial Officer
Tim Dietz joined Simpson University in spring 2019 as chief financial officer. Tim studied accounting at Greenville University in Illinois, then received his MBA at Emporia State University in Kansas. He 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.
Executive Dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and Special Projects
Dr. Blewett joined Simpson University in 2013 as dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary and has also served as interim provost. He is an ordained minister recognized and accredited within the Christian & Missionary Alliance. His background includes over 20 years of Christian higher education and pastoral experience. Pat is a graduate of Montana Institute of the Bible (B.A. in Biblical Studies), Western Seminary of Portland (M.A. in Church Education, M.Div. in general ministry, and D.Min. in Pastoral Care). He also holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho. He has multiple certifications and other training. Within higher education settings, he has served as a chief academic officer and as an undergraduate dean. He has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has extensive experience with various accreditation bodies and serves on one to two accreditation site teams each year.
Pat and his wife, Jana, have three adult children and three grandchildren.
Dean of Students
Title IX Administrator
Mark Endraske is the Dean of Students and is responsible for the departments that make up Student Development. Student Development shapes the student experience outside of the classroom and fully supports Simpson’s goal of being a Christ-centered learning community. As Dean, Mark is responsible for Residence Life, Spiritual Life, Student Engagement, the Wellness Center, the Academic Success Center, and the Veterans Success Center. He brings over 15 years of experience in student affairs, including previous positions at Simpson in Spiritual Formation and Residence Life. Mark obtained a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Simpson and an M.A. in Theology from Houston Baptist University.
Mark is a Redding native. He and his wife, Amy, have two children.
Award winning composer Dan Pinkston is active in many diverse fields of music—he composes choral and orchestral music, teaches music theory and composition at Simpson University, is an active church musician,
and also plays rock and blues guitar. His many composition awards
include the 2000 ACDA composition contest, and a number of prominent commissions. His primary objective as a composer is to fuse and craft his many musical influences into works that are accessible to the average listener as well as stimulating to the discerning musician.
Dr. Pinkston’s musical education began as a child in Africa (Cote D’Ivoire), where a diversity of cultural and musical expressions profoundly impacted his love for the broad range of human expression in music. Following musical study in Arkansas and Texas, including a doctorate in musical composition, Pinkston settled in northern California with his wife and two daughters.
2010 brought the premiere of two major works—A Thousand Hills for flute, percussion, cello, and harp, and Symphony No. 1, commissioned and premiered by the North State Symphony. Both works are bold and beautiful, showcasing Pinkston’s ability to write in traditional genres with a fresh, 21st century voice. Symphony No. 2 followed in 2012, commissioned and premiered by the Shasta Symphony. This work also received two acclaimed performances by the Juneau Symphony in 2014.
Recent compositions include a commissioned violin concerto, premiered in 2017, Collisions (a series of 16 chamber works), and Strange Fires and Solemn Prayers, an ambient electronic music project. Pinkston served as composer-in-residence at Whiskeytown National Park and the Visby International Composer’s Center (Sweden) in 2018.
Pinkston's recent achievements include non-musical exploits as well, in particular the completion of an Ironman distance traithlon in the summer of 2010 and numerous marathons.
Dean of Education and Diversity
Irene Lopez is the Dean of Education and Diversity. In this role, Irene oversees the School of Education and gives voice to best practices in areas such as policy development, multicultural inclusion, support, hiring, and delivery of our transformative, Christ-centered education in a rapidly changing cultural landscape. In addition to her role at Simpson University, Irene serves on the board for the Association of Independent California Colleges (AICCU), as well as the Shasta County School Administrators Association (SCSAA).
Irene brings over three decades of experience working in public school education, including as a special education teacher, staff development coordinator, and principal of five large schools. She has mentored individuals in their process of becoming school administrators and served three years as the director of Special Education and Pupil Services for Little Lake School District in Southern California.
Irene earned her bachelor's degree in liberal studies, master’s in education, and teaching credential at California State University, Bakersfield, and her administrative credential at Azusa Pacific University.
Irene is a native Californian. She and her husband, Juan, have three grown children and two grandchildren.