Iowa Wesleyan College President Jay Simmons has tendered his resignation in order to accept the presidency of Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.
Simmons will become the 23rd president of Simpson College, on June 1, 2013, upon the retirement of Simpson President John Byrd. Simmons will continue to serve as president of Iowa Wesleyan College for the balance of the academic year, according to Iowa Wesleyan Board of Trustees Chair Don Wiley.
In a message to the students, faculty and staff, Simmons said today, “With deeply mixed emotions, I have submitted my resignation, which will become effective in the summer of 2013. Several weeks ago, I was nominated for the presidency of Simpson College. I did not seek this position, but Simpson College offered an opportunity that I simply could not forego.”
“Jenné and I have treasured our time at Iowa Wesleyan and in Mount Pleasant,” Simmons added. “The enthusiasm we feel about the possibilities at Simpson are greatly tempered by the thought of leaving this community that has become so special to us.”
Wiley said, “During Jay Simmons’ presidency, Iowa Wesleyan has undergone a period of growth and reorganization which has strengthened the College and made us more competitive academically. We are disappointed to lose his leadership but appreciate that Simpson College recognizes the skills and talents Jay Simmons has brought to this campus.”
Simmons, who served as the 28th president in IWC history, came to Mount Pleasant in June 2008 from LaGrange College in LaGrange, Ga., where he had served as vice president for academic affairs. He currently serves as the president of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of The United Methodist Church (NASCUMC).
Like Iowa Wesleyan College, Simpson College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.