Dr. Howard  Simmons

Chairperson and Professor


Dr. Howard L. Simmons, past Executive Director and Associate Director of the Philadelphia-based Middle States Commission on Higher Education from 1974 to 1995, is currently Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Advanced Studies, Leadership and Policy (ASLP) in the School of Education and Urban Studies at Morgan State University. He is Chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). In 2003, Dr. Simmons was appointed a member of the National Forum on Information Literacy. In 2006, he assumed membership on the Policy Board of the National Information Literacy Research Committee.

From 2003-2004, he was Education Testing Services Research Scholar during 2003-2004, with particular responsibility for studying the contributions to American higher education. Prior to joining the faculty at Morgan, Dr. Simmons was tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University where he was also designated Professor Emeritus by the Arizona Board of Regents in 2000. While at Arizona State, he also served a term as University Liaison to the Arizona State Board of Directors for Community Colleges. Earlier in his professional career, Dr. Simmons served on the teaching staffs of St. Louis Community College and Forest Park and Meramec Community Colleges, also in St. Louis; Northampton Community College in Bethlehem, PA; and Lafayette College, a small Presbyterian college located in Easton, PA. Presently, Dr. Simmons is a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Chiropractic Education and BEA Advisory Council of the American Psychological Association. In addition to having been awarded honorary degrees from Kings College in Wilkes-Barre, PA, in 1998 and Sojourner-Douglass College (MD) in 1995. Dr. Simmons received his B.S. in Secondary Education and Spanish from Spring Hill College in St., Mobile, Alabama; his M.A.T.  in Slavic Languages and Literature (Russian) in 1965 from Indiana University at Bloomington; and his Ph.D. in the Design and Management of Postsecondary Education from Florida State University in 1975.

 Since his appointment to Morgan's faculty, Dr. Simmons has developed a strong teaching faculty for ASLP, as well as created a structured for teaching leadership strategies and policy formation in higher education. Dr. Simmons supervises up to eleven graduate student research projects at a time while serving as a member of the SEUS Planning Committee, and Ex-officio member of the Promotion and Tenure, Curriculum, and Admissions Committees. He also holds membership on the Graduate Council, Polices and Procedures Committee (Chair); and the Faculty Development Institute Committee.