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President-Elect Jay Byers Introduced at News Conference

Campus and community members turn out to welcome Byers

On Wednesday, May 17, Simpson College Board of Trustees Chair Terry Handley officially introduced president-elect Jay Byers ‘93 at a news conference and reception. There was standing room only with over 175 people in attendance, including Simpson faculty, staff, students, alumni and trustees, as well as local community leaders and Iowa media outlets.

Byers says he is humbled by the confidence demonstrated by the committee and board of trustees.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to be named the President of Simpson College,” said Byers. I am humbled by the opportunity to give back and pay it forward to a place that has played a critical role in my development as a student, leader, and person, a place that has helped advance my career, and a place that I am deeply passionate about honoring its history and ensuring its future success.”

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Presidential Search Communications

Jay Byers Named Simpson President-Elect

Simpson’s Board of Trustees has named Jay Byers ’93 president-elect of Simpson College. The board approved him as the Presidential Search Committee’s recommendation at its spring meeting held Friday, May 12. Byers will succeed Marsha Kelliher, who is retiring this summer. Read more.

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Presidential Search Update - April 6, 2023

There was a very strong response to the outreach and recruitment efforts for the search, which resulted in a large pool of talented applicants with broad and varied backgrounds and experiences. 

The search committee met  to identify a group of outstanding candidates to invite for initial interviews and were extremely pleased with the quality and depth of experience of these candidates. Read the full update.

Presidential Search Update

The search is underway to find the 25th president of Simpson College

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. … Read more

Pres Search Update

Presidential Search Committee Announced

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

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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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