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Simpson College Presidential Search

The search is underway to find the 25th president of Simpson College to succeed President Marsha Kelliher.

Selecting a president is one of the most important responsibilities of the Simpson Board of Trustees, and attracting a highly qualified and talented pool of candidates for the position is of utmost importance. The Board of Trustees has appointed a search committee (see below) to conduct the search and engaged an executive search firm, Academic Search, to partner and assist in the process.

The search committee, with input from the Simpson community and in collaboration with Academic Search, has developed a Presidential Search Prospectus to introduce Simpson College and the presidential opportunity to potential candidates.

Nominations and inquiries about the position should be directed to SimpsonPresident@academicsearch.org. Updates regarding the search process will be shared with the campus community via email and posted on this website.


Presidential Search Committee

You can contact the search committee at SimpsonPresident@academicsearch.org with questions.

  • Susan Voss, Trustee (Committee chair)
  • Terry Handley, Trustee, and Board Chair
  • Kamie Haynes, Trustee
  • Maribeth Wright, Trustee
  • Elizabeth Nigut, Trustee
  • John Lawlor, Trustee
  • Mimi Bartley-Nancarrow, Staff Representative
  • Spencer Waugh, Faculty Representative
  • Lindsay Ditzler, Faculty Representative
  • LaTonya Calderon, Iowa Conference of the United Methodist Church Representative

The Board of Trustees also established a student advisory committee consisting of nine Simpson students.


Presidential Search Communications

Presidential Search Committee Announced

In collaboration with an executive search firm, Simpson has named the members of the presidential search committee who will work to find the College’s next president... Read more

Presidential Search - Campus in May Hillman


After a long and distinguished career in higher education, President Marsha Kelliher announced her decision to retire as president of Simpson College in 2023… Read more


About Simpson College

Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college located in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the college has 1,268 undergraduate and graduate students. Simpson offers 74 majors, minors and programs in addition to three graduate programs. Outside of the classroom, Simpson is a member of the NCAA Division III American Rivers Conference, hosts eight Greek houses on campus and sponsors many extracurricular options for student involvement.

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