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Jeff Simmons D.B.A.

Professor of Business

Dr. Simmons views his calling to be one that prepares students to glorify God by being successful business leaders. To do this, he challenges his students to not settle for mediocrity and strive for excellence in thought and deed. Dr. Simmons’ experience includes much exposure to the international market through his travels; the time he spent living in Vienna, Austria, teaching business; and a brief stint at the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Dr. Simmons is the recipient of the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl 2021 Pat Croskery Memorial Award which is given to an ethics bowl coach who exemplifies Pat Croskery's approach to teaching.

Pat had a way of living that put ethics at the forefront at all times and involved an approach to interactions with others that exemplified respect for persons no matter what their views, combined with a commitment to civil discourse. He believed that almost any problem could be solved, and all issues could be resolved, by carefully listening to the needs of those involved, and finding a way for all to be satisfied. People in the Ethics Bowl community routinely sought Pat’s counsel as he could be counted on to provide accurate and unbiased, yet compassionate feedback.

In his free time, Dr. Simmons enjoys spending time with his wife, Pattie, and his son, Jordan, as well as reading from several genres of literature and playing golf and basketball. He and his family appear to suffer from wanderlust, which means they often find themselves traveling. By the time his son was 8 years old, Dr. Simmons had taken him to 14 U.S. states and 15 foreign countries on three continents. Many of those trips involved Dr. Simmons leading students in study abroad programs or mission campaigns.