President's Cabinet

A headshot of Simpson University President Dr. Robin Dummer

Dr. Robin Dummer


Robin Dummer is the President of Simpson University. Dr. Dummer’s previous roles at Simpson University include Interim President, associate provost, accreditation liaison officer, and the dean of the school of traditional undergraduate studies. He also served as a history faculty member from 1994 – 2005 and as a division chair and faculty senate president. 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.

He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for over 40 years, love their “kids” and have a granddaughter and grandson.

A headshot of Simpson University Provost Dr. Gayle Copeland

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.

A headshot of Associate Vice President for Students Development Dr. Mike Loomis

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.

Mark Wood

Mark Wood

Director of Marketing and Communications

Mark Wood serves as the director of marketing and communications in the Advancement Office of Simpson University. He manages a creative team focused on institutional brand management, public and media relations, messaging channel management, website administration, digital photography and video development, social media, publications, promotion, alumni and donor outreach for all institutional constituents. Before joining Simpson University in 2008, Mark was principal and CMO of a design and marketing firm located in the Silicon Valley for 20 years, servicing start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. He earned a B.S. in graphic design from San Jose State University. He has led college-aged and young married church groups and serves on the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities communications commission as vice chair/secretary, and as the club president of the Shasta Dam Kiwanis. He and his wife Jill have been married nearly 20 years and have three active children. Mark has a passion for architecture and residential design, having successfully designed and managed the construction of over a dozen private homes for clients in the North State.

Melissa Hudson

Melissa Hudson

Director of Student Financial Services

Melissa Hudson became the Director of Student Financial Services in 2009. She first joined the Simpson community in the fall of 1997 as an undergraduate student. She joined the Simpson staff in 2000 and her previous roles include Financial Aid Coordinator, Awarding Specialist, Student Accounts Manager, and the Assistant Director of Student Financial Services. She earned her B.A. in liberal studies from Simpson College and is currently pursuing her M.B.A. through Concordia University.

She and her husband, Jasper, have been married for more than 16 years and have one son.

Dustin Lowe

Dustin Lowe

Senior Director of Admissions

Dustin Lowe has served as Simpson University’s Senior Director of Admissions since the fall of 2015. He has been with Simpson University since 2005, starting as an Undergraduate student, then Mail and Copy Center Coordinator, followed by Admissions Team Leader and now Senior Director of Admissions. He earned a B.A. in business administration from Simpson University and has also served as a sales representative for retail, technology and several other organizations.

He and his wife, Amanda, have been married since January of 2015 and both serve on staff at Simpson University.