Dr. Simpson Lauded on Final Day as Cypress College President

Emotions were evident on Thursday as Dr. Bob Simpson completed a 30-year career serving students. A steady stream of visitors to the President’s Office offered their well wishes to Dr. Simpson, who spent a decade at Cypress College — and the past 5 years as president.

Among the highlights was the presentation of a joint resolution of the California State Legislature. The resolution recognizes his service in higher education. It is signed by Senator Josh Newman, of the 29th Senatorial District, and Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva, of the 65th Assembly District — two advocates for the college. The resolution was presented to Dr. Simpson on Thursday morning by Christopher Aguilara, of the Hon. Quirk-Silva’s office, and Kaelin Locker, of Hon. Newman’s office.

During the brief ceremony, the three men — all military veterans — discussed their service and the importance of providing educational opportunities for those who have completed military service. One of Dr. Simpson’s most-recent responsibilities at Cypress College is oversight for the implementation of Measure J construction projects. The first groundbreaking will be for a new Veteran’s Resource Center, an effort of personal meaning for the retiring president.

On his final day, Dr. Simpson had visits from faculty, staff, managers, and students. Late in the day, Dr. Simpson expressed his gratitude in an email to the campus community:

“There are no words adequate to express the thanks I feel in my heart for the work we have engaged together and for the support I have received from you over the years.  It has truly been a work of love for me.  For one final time I say: Go Chargers!”

Dr. JoAnna Schilling officially assumes Cypress College’s presidency on Monday, July 3.

Before then, Dr. Simpson will perform one final ceremonial duty when he joins student athletes and Coach Brad Pickler on Sunday as the Angels recognize the California state champion softball team — and the first to complete a perfect season en route to a CCCAA softball title —with an on-field, pre-game ceremony.

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