Education: B.A. Cornerstone University; B.S. Calvin College; M.S. Indiana University South Bend; Ed.D. Ball State University; Certificate in Fund Raising Management, Indiana School of Philanthropy.
Dr. Brian Simmons is Associate Provost for Online Studies, Associate Professor in the School of Education and Director of the PhD program at Columbia International University (CIU) in Columbia, South Carolina.
He 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, Lindi is married to Matt,andAubrey is engaged to be married to Zach. Brian Scott and Bonnie have one grandchild, Teigan Scott.
Following high school graduation (1978) from Elkhart Christian academy (ECA) and graduation from college (1982), Brian returned to ECA as a mathematics teacher (1982-1989). After teaching for seven years, he became the Superintendent of ECA (1989-1996). Following fourteen years of fruitful ministry in Elkhart, Indiana, he and his family moved to Indianapolis were he accepted the role of Superintendent of Heritage Christian School (HCS, 1996-2005). While in Indianapolis, he began serving as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana Wesleyan University where he taught in the M.Ed. program and currently teaches as a visiting professor in the doctorate in organizational leadership program (IWU, 2000-present). Following a decade of service at HCS, Brian accepted a new role as Vice President for University Relations at IWU (2006-2009). God used his time as a senior leader at IWU to prepare him to serve as the President of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI, 2009-2013).