President Simmons announces interim VP, academic dean


by Alex Kirkpatrick, Digital Editor

An interim senior vice president and academic dean was announced Wednesday in an email to the Simpson community.

Kent Eaton, who currently serves in a similar position at Northwestern College in Orange City, assumes the role after current Simpson Vice President and Academic Dean Steve Griffith announced his retirement earlier this year.

He has been instrumental in reorganizing the college’s academic administration in structure, Simpson President Jay Simmons said.

“The work he has successfully completed with the other institutions he has served suggest that we will enjoy strong and effective leadership in our academic affairs office in the next year,” Simmons said.

Before his tenure at Northwestern, Eaton was the interim provost at Houston Graduate School of Theology. He also holds extensive teaching experience.

A member of the oldest honor society for the liberal arts and sciences in the U.S., Phi Beta Kappa, Eaton graduated from Texas Christian University before completing a masters of theology at the Dallas Seminary.

He received a diploma in Hispanic studies at the University of Barcelona. He then earned his Ph.D. in theology and religious studies at the University of Wales.

Eaton is expected to start the position July 5.