Success Stories

The more you learn about Simpson College, the more you will appreciate, and this is a great place to start. Meet some of the students, alumni, faculty and staff who have terrific stories to tell about how Simpson has influenced them and how they have influenced Simpson.

We are proud of these people, but we also know that we could present hundreds more. It’s another reason why Simpson = Success.

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John Michael Moore Simpson Success Story

John Michael Moore ’05

Simpson College music has produced not only serious professional musicians, but also hosts a stellar music education program for both instrumental and vocal music, a dedicated faculty with real world professional credentials, and an internationally recognized opera festival housed there each summer. More…


Bernard Franklin ’74

My experiences at Simpson were extremely important in terms of developing my leadership skills, and those skills have been my bedrock in terms of my own professional development. More…


Mike Miller ’11

All the classes I took at Simpson contributed to having this type of job. You have to learn to think on your own. More…

Simpson Alum Amy Badger standing with her band

Amy Badger ’11

As someone who was working full time on top of going to school, the evenings/weekends program was perfect for me. If nothing else, the fact that my school schedule allowed me the flexibility to put time into the band was invaluable. More…

Deb Hade ’78 at Simpson College

Deb Kunkle Hade ’78

Hade served as a support crew member for Above and Beyond Cancer, a Des Moines group that included eight cancer survivors and caregivers who were racers and eight who were crew members. More…

Alum Roger Scott Shows off his medals that he has won while running marathons

Roger Scott ’87

Scott played football at Simpson all four years, then joined the track team his senior year. Track coach Keith Ellingson encouraged him to try his first marathon. More…


Omar Padilla ’07

At Simpson, I grew into my own. I started organizing groups and began working on diversity issues. That really fulfilled what I wanted to do. More…

Alex McCarty Sitting on Campus

Alex McCarty ’12

“For what I want to go into, being so close to Des Moines was hands-down the best thing that could have happened for me, because I got two internships with two very respectable organizations.” More…

Megan Hoger talking about her experiences while studying abroad in Nicaragua

Megan Moyer Hoger ’00

“Studying Abroad gives you an appreciation of what you have and a better understanding of the way other people live.” More…

Ron Mathias at Oxford University in 2007

Ron Mathias ’62

Ronald Mathias ’62, made history at Simpson College, but he’s not exactly sure how it happened. More…