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Colorado Mountain College (CMC) has hired Rob Simpson as the new associate dean of academic and student services in the communities of Salida and Poncha Springs.

With more than 20 years in higher education, Rob Simpson is joining Colorado Mountain College Salida. As the new associate dean of academic and support services, Simpson says he’s looking forward to meeting the needs of the Salida and Poncha Springs communities.

Simpson earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education and a master’s degree in education of college student affairs from Azusa Pacific University. He has served as an academic administrator, faculty member and student affairs professional, with more than 21 years of his career in higher education. Simpson served as director of campus recreation at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon where he provided leadership, vision and oversight to help build a 50,000 square foot student and campus recreation center.

“Rob has the right background, student-centered approach and experience starting programs from scratch that will serve the goals of the campus in the years to come,” said CMC vice president and campus dean of Leadville and Salida, Rachel Pokrandt. “I can’t wait for the community to get to know him.”

Simpson and his wife Cammie have been married for 28 years and have two children Alek and Sophie. He is an avid fly fisher, trail runner, hiker, skier and backpacker.

“I absolutely love the idea of being part of something new that will serve people into the future,” said Simpson. “Taking time to listen to the goals and concerns of the community will be key in moving forward with important decisions that affect the lives of our students.”

Simpson went on, “I look forward to becoming deeply rooted in the community and being able to stand back 10 years from now to see how CMC has grown to meet the unique needs of Salida and Poncha Springs.”