EWC to Host Nationally Recognized Leadership Scholar at Baccalaureate

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Rev. Dr. Donald C. Simmons, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Donald C. Simmons, Jr.

Rev. Dr. Donald C. Simmons, Jr. at EWC’s Baccalaureate ceremony which is being held for students and their families. Rev. Simmons will deliver the keynote address “Learning to Lead: The Trophy Generation in an Age of Discontent.”

Simmons, who holds a Ph.D. in History from Denver University, is the author of more than a half-dozen books, including his most recent Organizational Leadership: Foundations and Practices for Christians, used in colleges and seminaries worldwide and now in its second printing in the US. He currently serves as pastor at Tremont United Methodist Church in Tremont, MS.

Prior to his appointment at Tremont United Methodist, Simmons held a number of leadership roles in variety positions, including as a corporate and a non-profit CEO, corporate and non-profit board member, university dean, community college trustee, college baseball coach and umpire, documentary filmmaker, author, pastor and city councilman. He has also served the administrations of governors from both major political parties. Additionally, Simmons has lectured at a number of colleges and universities around the globe, including Harvard University Medical School.

While director of the Center for Leadership and Public Service at Dakota Wesleyan University, he focused his attention on political leadership. As part of that enterprise, Simmons co-edited Public Service and Leadership: An Introduction with former presidential candidate and U.S. Senator George McGovern.

In recent years, Dr. Simmons shifted his focus to include faith-based leadership consulting.

Years after completing his Ph.D. in International Studies from Denver University, he attended Baylor University’s Truett Seminary where he received a Certificate of Ministry in 2014. While in seminary, Dr. Simmons became interested in that he has termed the “hyper-intense leadership challenges” that pastors face. “There are very few environments, and ironically politics and religion are two of them,” Simmons notes, “in which the work environment places someone in a position so they are a participant in every aspect of the lives of those they lead, from birth to death and everything in between,” continued Simmons

For more information, please call Jeremy Christensen, Instructor, and Campus Ministries sponsor at 307.532.8367 or jeremy.christensen@ewc.wy.edu.

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