President Robert B. Sloan, Jr. has named Dr. Cynthia Simpson as Provost and vice president for Academic Affairs of the University, effective January 20. “I am very confident Dr. Simpson will provide excellent leadership as provost and chief academic officer,” said President Sloan. “The University continues to make progress in our twelve year vision plan, The Ten Pillars: Faith and Reason in a Great City. Dr. Simpson’s talents will be invaluable as we launch our first doctoral program in educational leadership and expand our online academic programs.” Dr. Simpson has served as interim provost since May of 2015 and previously served as dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and dean of the Graduate School, while simultaneously serving as a professor of Education. “It is an honor to help lead the academic team that will be working to advance Christian higher education and The Ten Pillars, not only in Houston, but throughout the state and nation,” said Simpson. “I am both privileged and humbled to step into this role as its chief academic officer.” Dr. Simpson joined the University in the summer of 2012 from Sam Houston State University, where she served as a faculty member and the program coordinator of special education. She received her PhD from Texas A&M University, her MEd from Sam Houston State University, and her BS degree from Texas State University. In her time as interim provost, Dr. Simpson worked with Dr. Sloan to successfully move the University “to the next level” by creating a plan for a new doctoral program.