Azusa Pacific University President Jon R. Wallace, DBA, announced the appointment of Glendora resident Shino Simons, Ph.D., as vice president for student life following a nationwide search, effective July 1.

“A vital member of the Azusa Pacific community for more than 20 years, Dr. Simons’ uncompromised commitment to student development and the deep trust students hold in her are unmatched,” said Wallace. “In this new leadership role, she will provide strategic leadership and vision to all co-curricular efforts contributing to holistic student thriving, particularly in the areas of spiritual formation, community, diversity, and local and global engagement.”

As vice president for student life, Simons areas of oversight will include the Office of the Campus Pastors, the Center for Student Action, Chapel Programs, Communiversity, Commuter Services, Graduate and Professional Student Affairs, Housing, International Students and Scholars, Orientation and Transitions, Residence Life, the Student Health Center, Title IX Office, University Counseling Center, and the Office of Women’s Development.

“Azusa Pacific draws an amazing group of students who seek to be equipped and transformed to change the world,” said Simons. “I am excited to serve and support our students in this capacity as they develop a deeper understanding of their identity and their faith, pursue their academic goals, and embrace their calling. I am blessed to partner with students, faculty, staff, and administration to create a campus culture in which all students can flourish, thrive, and ultimately, find confidence in who God has called them to be.”

Most recently, Simons spent 10 years as the associate dean of students before becoming dean of students with expanded responsibility for graduate and professional student affairs alongside her undergraduate student span of care. As a core member of the student life administrative team, she has helped guide the division in its pursuit of co-curricular offerings. She has served on several university-wide committees, including the Administrative Cabinet, the Undergraduate Enrollment Management Council, the Diversity Collaboration Committee, and President’s Committee on the Status of Women. Her two decades of increasing leadership experience include residence life, judicial affairs, Title IX, student government administration, and women’s development, among other student life offices.

“As this expanded view of student life now includes all students, Dr. Simons’ scholarship, enthusiasm, and innovative ideas about how to deliver on the APU mission across entry points and programs and in even more meaningful ways given our increasingly diverse community made her the ideal person for the task ahead,” said David E. Bixby, Ed.D., executive vice president.

Simons holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.Ed. in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University; and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Claremont Graduate University. Shino, her husband, Eric, and children, Kayla and Travis, attend Baseline Community Church in Claremont.

Shino Simons, Ph.D.
Shino Simons, Ph.D.


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