Simpson University welcomes new chief academic officer

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University welcomes Dr. Gayle Copeland as its new provost and chief academic officer, starting July 15.

Dr. Copeland takes the position held most recently by Dr. Stanley Clark, who retired in 2012 after more than 30 years in Christian college academic administration, including seven at Simpson.

In her position, Dr. Copeland will oversee the university’s academic programs, including the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies, School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), School of Education, School of Graduate Professional Studies, and A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary.

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 California State University, Fresno, and a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas.

Since 2003, she has served as professor and chair of the Education Department at Geneva College. She has taught a variety of courses at CSU Fresno, Baylor University (Texas), University of Kansas, and Alliant International University. Prior to moving into higher education, she served as assistant principal at Central High School in Fresno, among other high school teaching and administrative positions.

“We welcome Dr. Copeland as the provost and chief academic officer at Simpson University,” said Dr. Robin Dummer, interim president of Simpson University. “We look to her for academic leadership in a time of increasing complexity and change in higher education.”

Dr. Ann Stamp Miller, formerly chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division and interim provost, will be associate provost, serving as dean of the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies.


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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