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September 25--  Dr. Mike Simoneaux president of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia, has announced that he will retire December 31, 2013.

{mosimage}In March of 2011, Dr. and Mrs. Simoneaux moved to Mount Vernon, GA to begin his service to Brewton-Parker College as Interim President.  He was appointed as President in August of 2011. In the interim two years, Dr. Simoneaux brought his many years of experience to BPC and has developed a deep love for both the college and the community surrounding the college.

A presidential search committee has been formed, as determined by the By-Laws of the Board of Trustees, to include Mrs. Lynda Yawn, Chairperson, Rev. Dannie Williams, Mr. Tim Redding, Mr. Gary Campbell and Dr. Mary Waalkes.  The board chair, Rev. Bucky Kennedy and Dr. J. Robert White, Executive Director of the Georgia Baptist Convention will serve as Ex Officio members of the committee.

Gary Campbell, a trustee of Brewton-Parker College, commented on the impact of Dr. Simoneaux’s leadership:

Dr. Simoneaux and Bonnie joined Brewton-Parker College at a difficult time in our history.  Our previous president had resigned at our first board meeting of the calendar year and the school was in a deep financial crisis.  Morale and focus among our students, faculty and staff was not high and the board needed to find strong, effective leadership quickly.  Thankfully, our Lord already had that person picked out.  With the full support of Dr. Emir Caner, President of Truett-McConnell College, Dr. Simoneaux agreed to come to Brewton-Parker as Interim President.  I remember his plan was only to stay until we found a permanent president.  A few months later we asked Dr. Simoneaux to be that permanent president and he accepted.

The first thing Dr. Mike accomplished was to restore positive leadership and teamwork at BPC.  His focus was first and foremost for the students – their education with an unapologetic foundation in Christian values.  Through this mission Dr. Mike brought the constituencies together and began moving the college in a positive direction.   Bonnie and Mike Simoneaux have truly been a blessing for Brewton-Parker.  They both made a sacrifice in their plans to come to Brewton-Parker and have served diligently and successfully.  I am happy to state that the school has made much progress through Dr. Mike’s leadership as our president.  While we hate to see him and Bonnie go, we are very happy for them as they prepare for a well-deserved retirement and wish them both the absolute best.  

Dr. Simoneaux added these comments regarding his time at Brewton-Parker:

At the end of this calendar year, I will retire with almost 28 years of service in Baptist higher education, with most of that time serving with Georgia Baptists.  It has been my great privilege to serve Brewton-Parker College for almost three of those 28 years.  I sincerely thank Dr. White, the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff and students of Brewton-Parker College for that privilege.  Although God has blessed Bonnie and me with good health and high energy, at my next birthday I will be 75 years old and I feel strongly that it is time for us to begin the next phase of our life.  In closing, I want to thank Georgia Baptists for the high honor of serving our Lord at BPC.  We will be praying for God’s clear guidance on who will have the privilege of serving as the next president.

Dr. 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.  In 1999, Dr. Simoneaux accepted a dean’s position at Truett-McConnell College and later served TMC as Vice President of Academic Services, Vice President of Advancement and Interim President. 

Dr. Simoneaux holds the first doctorate in music from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; a Master’s Degree in Church Music from NOBTS, a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Mississippi College and served twelve years under appointment of the IMB as a music missionary to Japan.

Dr. Simoneaux has been married to his wife Bonnie for 54 years; they have two children, Dr. Stephen Simoneaux, Chief Radiologist at Egleston Children’s hospital in Atlanta, and Mrs. Susan Snyder, Chief Financial Officer for Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Athens. The Simoneaux’s have seven grandchildren, plus one grandson in Heaven.  They plan to split their time between Watkinsville and Atlanta.