Role of President’s Cabinet at Simpson University
University administrators oversee student activities, university professors and programs. The cabinet makes decisions about the direction of the institution as a whole. Cabinet reviews and approves new policies, prepares the operational budget of the institution, reviews and approves new program development (both curricular and co-curricular), determines price increases, and is a conduit through which information can flow to and from each area of the campus.
Dr. Hall became Simpson University’s 15th president in June 2018. Prior to coming to Simpson, Dr. Hall served as the Vice President for International and Alumni Affairs & Major Gift Officer at Greenville University (Ill.). He also was Vice President & Dean of Student Development at Greenville University. He served at Azusa Pacific University (Calif.); Ashland University (Ohio); University of California, Santa Barbara; and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Dr. Hall received his doctorate in educational administration from Pepperdine University (Calif.), a master of science in education from Southern Illinois University, and bachelor’s degrees in biology and sociology from Greenville University.
Dr. Hall and his wife, Alison, who is from Northern Ireland, have three college-age children.
Interim Provost / Chief Academic Officer
Dean of A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary
Dr. Blewett serves as the interim provost (Chief Academic Officer). He came to Simpson as dean of the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary in 2013. He is an ordained minister recognized and accredited within the Christian & Missionary Alliance. His background includes over 20 years of Christian higher education and pastoral experience. Pat is a graduate of Montana Institute of the Bible (B.A. in Biblical Studies), Western Seminary of Portland (M.A. in Church Education, M.Div. in general ministry, and D.Min. in Pastoral Care). He also holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Idaho. He has multiple certifications and other training. Within higher education settings, he has served as a chief academic officer and as an undergraduate dean. He has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has extensive experience with various accreditation bodies and serves on one to two accreditation site teams each year.
Pat and his wife, Jana, have three adult children and three grandchildren.
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.
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.
Dean of Advancement
Ken White came to Simpson University in 2017. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in history from California State University, Sacramento. Ken’s experience spans the political, financial and non-profit fields. He spent nearly 10 years in the political arena in several roles including stints with two state legislators and a U.S. Congressman. That was followed by almost 11 years as a financial and investment advisor with Morgan Stanley, Charles Schwab and finally as the managing partner of TAYAUS Capital Management, LLC. Since 2008 Ken has served almost exclusively in not-for profit endeavors, last as the Director of Development at the Good News Rescue Mission in Redding, California and was named the Dean of Advancement at Simpson University in 2018.
Dean of Students
Title IX Administrator
Mark Endraske is the Dean of Students and is responsible for the departments that make up Student Development. Student Development shapes the student experience outside of the classroom and fully supports Simpson’s goal of being a Christ-centered learning community. As Dean, Mark is responsible for Residence Life, Spiritual Life, Student Engagement, the Wellness Center, the Academic Success Center, and the Veterans Success Center. He brings over 15 years of experience in student affairs, including previous positions at Simpson in Spiritual Formation and Residence Life. Mark obtained a B.A. in Organizational Leadership from Simpson and an M.A. in Theology from Houston Baptist University.
Mark is a Redding native. He and his wife, Amy, have two children.
Award winning composer Dan Pinkston is active in many diverse fields of music—he composes choral and orchestral music, teaches music theory and composition at Simpson University, is an active church musician, and also plays rock and blues guitar. His many composition awards include the 2000 ACDA composition contest, and a number of prominent commissions. His primary objective as a composer is to fuse and craft his many musical influences into works that are accessible to the average listener as well as stimulating to the discerning musician.
Dr. Pinkston’s musical education began as a child in Africa (Cote D’Ivoire), where a diversity of cultural and musical expressions profoundly impacted his love for the broad range of human expression in music. Following musical study in Arkansas and Texas, including a doctorate in musical composition, Pinkston settled in northern California with his wife and two daughters.
2010 brought the premiere of two major works—A Thousand Hills for flute, percussion, cello, and harp, and Symphony No. 1, commissioned and premiered by the North State Symphony. Both works are bold and beautiful, showcasing Pinkston’s ability to write in traditional genres with a fresh, 21st century voice. Symphony No. 2 followed in 2012, commissioned and premiered by the Shasta Symphony. This work also received two acclaimed performances by the Juneau Symphony in 2014.
Recent compositions include a commissioned violin concerto, premiered in 2017, Collisions (a series of 16 chamber works), and Strange Fires and Solemn Prayers, an ambient electronic music project. Pinkston served as composer-in-residence at Whiskeytown National Park and the Visby International Composer’s Center (Sweden) in 2018.
Pinkston's recent achievements include non-musical exploits as well, in particular the completion of an Ironman distance traithlon in the summer of 2010 and numerous marathons.