Brian Simmons

Dr. Brian S. Simmons

Ed.D. Director, Columbia International University

Themes Dr. Simmons frequently addresses at commencements, fundraising banquets, board training sessions, parent meetings and teacher in-service workshops:

  • Stewardship, a biblical model of leadership
  • Parents as Stewards, a biblical perspective on parenting
  • Effective governance, attributes of effective boards and effective board members -
  • Evaluation, the board of the Superintendent and the board of themselves
  • Institutional Advancement, the biblical fundamentals of school development
  • Strategic Planning, a model for determining in advance a strategy of action toward a desired objective
  • Change, leading change in educational settings in a rapidly changing world
  • Teaching God's Children His Truth, meeting the needs of all of God's children
  • Worth It, the case for Christian school education

Dr. Simmons currently serves as Education Professor and Ed.D./Ed.S. Program Director at Columbia International University (CIU). The CIU Ed.D. program in educational leadership has three areas of focus: higher education, Christian school administration and instruction and curriculum development.

Brian is a lifetime educator and has served as a teacher, Superintendent of two Christian schools, university Vice President, adjunct professor and association President. Dr. Simmons' life mission states, "Brian Simmons exists as a visionary builder to further the kingdom of God through education, teaching and influencing others." Dr. Simmons' primary goal in life is to be a faithful steward of all the Master has entrusted to his care. He and his wife, Bonnie have four adult children: Jared, Drew, Lindi and Aubrey. Jared is married to Mary Claire, and Drew is married to Stefanie.

Dr. Simmons' education and experience: B.A., Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S., Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; mathematics teacher, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1982-1989; Superintendent, Elkhart Christian Academy, 1989-1996; Superintendent, Heritage Christian School (Indianapolis), 1996-2005; Vice President for University Relations, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2006-2009; President, the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), 2009-2013; Adjunct Professor, Indiana Wesleyan University, 2000-present; Chairman of the Board, Nehemiah Group Outreach Society (NGOS) 2005-present; President, Nehemiah Group, LLC 2005-present; Chuck Colson Fellow, 2013-present; and Associate Professor and Ed.D/Ed.S. program director, Columbia International University, 2013-present.

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