President's Cabinet

Executive Administration

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, 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 two granddaughters and grandson.

A headshot of Simpson University Provost Dr. Gayle Copeland

Dr. Gayle Copeland

Provost/Chief Academic Officer
Corporate Secretary

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.

Wally Quirk

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.

Natalie McKenzie

Natalie McKenzie

Chief Financial Officer

Natalie McKenzie serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Natalie studied business and accounting California State University, Chico where she earned her bachelor's degree. She worked in public accounting until 2003, when she was hired at Simpson University as an accounting specialist. During her second year at Simpson, she went to an AICPA conference where she met many influential CPA leaders in the not-for-profit industry who inspired her to become a CPA. After she achieved her license in 2008, she was able to take more of a leadership role at Simpson and was promoted to CFO in 2016.

Roger Janis

Roger Janis

Director of Development

Roger Janis is the Director of Development for Simpson University. Roger joined Simpson as an advancement representative in September 2012. Prior to joining Simpson, he spent 39 years in the banking industry working for Bank of America, Redding Bank of Commerce, and Butte Community Bank. Roger received a bachelor of science degree in finance from California State University, Long Beach in 1970. He is also a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School.

Roger and his wife, Ruth, have two daughters and a grandson.

Cherry McCabe

Cherry McCabe

Faculty President

Cherry McCabe obtained a B.A. in Political Science at UCLA with an emphasis in public administration, and a JD from California Western School of Law. Before joining the Simpson Faculty in 2010, she practiced administrative law and civil litigation. She currently serves as political science faculty, Pre-Law Advisor and Faculty Association President. She is an active member of the American Political Science Association, Christians in Political Science, the Academy of Political Science and the Shasta Trinity Counties Bar Association. In 2016, she was recognized as the Simpson University Professor of the Year for the Traditional Undergraduate Program. Her ongoing research interests include Christian perspectives in political thought, constitutional law and the rule of law in developing countries.