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Vice President for Student Affairs
Dr. Will Simpkins became the Vice President for Student Affairs at Metropolitan State University of Denver on August 1, 2018. In this role, Dr. Simpkins leads student engagement and wellness initiatives, enrollment management services, and classroom to career initiatives. Dr. Simpkins is committed to the success of all MSU Denver Roadrunners and works to connect the University community with industry and community leaders in Denver and Colorado.
Dr. Simpkins’ commitment to equity and inclusion, student engagement and career success guides all strategy for Student Affairs. He led the launch of the Classroom to Career (C2) Hub, expanded the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, and created the Student Care Center with a focus on students’ unmet basic needs.
Dr. Simpkins’ previous experiences in higher education include career services, student activities and civic engagement in both public and private institutions in New York City as well as serving as adjunct faculty of the Educational Leadership in Higher Education program at Montclair State University. Dr. Simpkins has also been a national leader in NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and was appointed to two terms on Manhattan Community Board 9 in the City of New York.
Dr. Simpkins earned an Ed.D. in Higher Education Administration from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, with a dissertation that examined the college experiences of bachelor’s degree students who receive welfare in New York City. He also holds an M.Ed. in Counseling and Personnel Services with a concentration in student leadership development from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in English with concentrations in creative writing and cultural studies from Virginia Tech.