Longtime Southern Baptist educator and foreign missionary named President Emeritus of Brewton-Parker College
By Peter Lumpkins
Vice President of Communications
MOUNT VERNON— During the 2014 Spring Commencement on May 10 at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, President Ergun Caner named Dr. Michel Simoneaux “President Emeritus.” Dr. Caner indicated that no one in Brewton-Parker’s distinguished history of great leaders of Georgia Baptists’ second oldest institution deserved this title more than Simoneaux. “He’s a great, outstanding leader” Caner told the standing-room only crowd in Saliba Chapel. “Dr. Simoneaux’s gentle spirit and pastoral heart were exactly what Brewton-Parker needed” during its transitional period before unanimously electing Ergun Caner as the sixteenth president in late 2013. Dr. Caner also indicated the tremendous support Dr. Simoneaux has been to him since he took leadership of the school January 1st of this year.
Michel Simoneaux began his work in Baptist higher education in 1986 at Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, Florida, serving in a number of areas including Dean of the School of Music and Fine Arts and Interim Vice President of Academic Services. He also served as a dean and later as Vice President of Academic Services at Truett-McConnell College, another Georgia Baptist institution located in north Georgia.
In March of 2011, Dr. Simoneaux took the leadership helm at Brewton-Parker College as Interim President only to be commissioned as the institution’s fifteenth president in September of the same year. During his brief tenure as president, Dr. Simoneaux managed to become the only president among Brewton-Parker College’s fifteen presidents to receive the John E. Roller Award, an award designated to one leader from the local community for outstanding achievements and leadership.
Prior to serving Baptist institutions of higher learning, Dr. Simoneaux served four years in the United States Air Force and twelve years as missionary to Japan under the then Foreign Missions Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Dr. Simoneaux holds the very first doctorate in music degree offered by the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, Louisiana. He also earned a Master’s Degree in Church Music from the same institution and a Bachelor of Music Education from Mississippi College.
Dr. Simoneaux has been married to his wife Bonnie for 54 years; they have two children, seven living grandchildren, and a grandson awaiting them in Heaven.