It is with mixed emotions that I announce to the IWU family that Dr. Brian Simmons, Vice President for University Relations, submitted his resignation this week.
Dr. Simmons has accepted a position as President of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), which has 5,300 member schools in 100 countries. ACSI has its headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and has 18 regional offices around the world. The details of his departure have yet to be finalized but he will be concluding his work at IWU sometime this summer.
I appreciate Dr. Simmons' many contributions to Indiana Wesleyan University over the past three years. Although his departure is a great loss to IWU, the presidency of ACSI is an exceptionally good fit for Dr. Simmons since before coming to IWU in 2006, he served for 10 years as Superintendent of Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis, and he is very connected to the Christian school movement.
I value the fact that Dr. Simmons will be serving as president of ASCI, one of the largest Christian school organizations in the world. Many students from ASCI member institutions have attended IWU, and I'm looking forward to continuing a positive relationship with the President of the organization. I know Brian will be a friend of IWU.
"I so very much enjoy serving the Lord with you here at IWU," Dr. Simmons said. "I believe in IWU, its mission and our emerging vision to change the world!" He also noted in his letter of resignation that IWU wouldn't be seeing the end of the Simmons family as his youngest daughter has just been accepted in the IWU freshman class of 2009.