Simpson University President, Dr. Larry J. McKinney announces retirement

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University President, Dr. Larry McKinney announced his retirement on Saturday. In his letter to the University Board of Trustees, McKinney stated, “It has been an honor to serve as your President. I have considered this leadership role to be a sacred trust and am grateful for the advances the University has made during my tenure. I believe that Simpson’s greatest years are ahead. We are thankful for the relationships we have enjoyed with you as trustees, along with my senior leadership colleagues, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the University. We thank God that he brought us to Simpson University. It is time to step back and serve the Lord in a less demanding environment than academic administration. My prayers are with you as you respond to God’s leading in this season ahead.”

Dr. Betty Dean, retired president from Butte College and chairperson of the Simpson University Board of Trustees noted: "Dr. McKinney dedicated himself fully to leading Simpson University well and helped the University become stronger even while the local, state and national economies were in a tail spin. Dr. McKinney's efforts in developing a new strategic plan for Simpson University, in helping the University develop a stronger financial footing and in getting a new 30,000 square foot Science & Nursing building off the ground will help Simpson University carry out its mission of Christian higher education long into the future."

Dr. McKinney is the 13th president in the history of Simpson University and the third since the school’s move to Redding in 1989. The University Board of Trustees has named Dr. Robin Dummer as Interim President.


Simpson University is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults in the north state. Simpson’s newest programs include degrees in nursing, biology, outdoor leadership, and master’s degrees in counseling psychology and organizational leadership. For more information, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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