Dr. Simoneaux accepts BPC acting presidency
By Kelley M. Arnold
Director of News and Public Information
Dr. Mike Simoneaux
MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College (BPC) welcomes Dr. Mike Simoneaux as its acting president beginning next week.
Dr. Simoneaux has served as the Vice President for Academic Services and is the current Vice President for Advancement Services at Truett-McConnell College (TMC) in Cleveland, Ga. His first day on the Mount Vernon campus is Wednesday, March 2.
The Brewton-Parker College Board of Trustees, along with Dr. J. Robert White, executive director of the Georgia Baptist Convention, approached Dr. Simoneaux to serve BPC as acting president, said Dr. Tony Romans, BPC Board Chairman.
“Truett is gracious to loan him to us during this period of transition,” said Dr. Romans. “They will continue to pay his salary and benefits while he works with Brewton-Parker.”
Dr. Romans explains that this kind of response to Brewton-Parker’s request and need is a witness to Georgia Baptists’ commitment to BPC’s continued success in Christian higher education.
“We express our sincere gratitude in Truett-McConnell’s investment in us,” said Romans. “This is one of the most glorious examples I have ever witnessed of sister Baptist institutions, who some might think in competition, cooperating for the cause of Christ and Christian Education. Dr. Simoneaux brings a wealth of experience and unquestionable character to lead Brewton-Parker. We, the Trustees of Brewton-Parker, could not be more grateful to God for providing such able and tested leadership for such an historic time in the life of Brewton-Parker as this.”
Dr. Simoneaux served as TMC’s interim president during its presidential transition prior to current president Dr. Emir Caner. GBC Executive Director Dr. White calls Dr. Simoneaux “exactly what Brewton-Parker needs”.
“Dr. Mike Simoneaux did a tremendous job during the interim at Truett-McConnell. The college was at a low ebb financially and morale on the campus was low. Dr. Simoneaux stabilized the college's finances, strengthened the college’s standing in the community and increased morale on the campus. He is exactly what we need at Brewton-Parker at this time and I am extremely pleased that Dr. Caner has generously allowed Mike to serve as acting president and is paying his salary and benefits so Brewton-Parker can focus its finances on other pressing issues,” said Dr. White.
Dr. Simoneaux and his wife, Bonnie, will reside in the presidential home on the Mount Vernon campus.
Affiliated with the Georgia Baptist Convention, Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.