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.

Natalie McKenzie

Natalie McKenzie

Chief Financial Officer

Natalie McKenzie serves as the Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Simpson University in 2003, she worked in public accounting. Other roles at Simpson include accounting specialist, director of financial affairs, and controller. She earned her bachelor of science in business administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Chico, and holds a Certified Public Accountant license. She has served as a director in Awana club, as a Stephen's Minister, and now serves as a board member at her church. She has two daughters. She loves to run and recently completed her third half-marathon race.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Wally Quirk

R. Walter Quirk

Faculty President

Professor Wally Quirk started teaching business classes at Simpson University in 1996. He grew up in Southern California and holds degrees in psychology and management. He spent 26 years working in a corporate setting prior to the start of his full-time teaching career. He will serve as the faulty president for the 2016-2017 academic year.