Veteran Higher Education Professional to Become SIU’s Next Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

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September 22, 2022

Veteran Higher Education Professional to Become SIU’s Next Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

by Kim Renfeld

Susan-Simmers.jpgCARBONDALE, Ill. — Susan L. Simmers, who has extensive experience in higher education finance and administration, will become Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s next vice chancellor for administration and finance, pending the approval of the SIU Board of Directors.

In her new role, beginning in mid-November, she will lead the development of multi-million dollar budgets, employee recruitment and retention efforts, and improved sustainability efforts. She will also oversee the offices of the Executive Director of Finance, Accounting Services, Bursar, Center for Environmental Health and Safety, Facilities and Energy Management, Human Resources, Labor Relations and Employees. and supply services.

Simmers said she was inspired by SIU’s strategic plan, Imagine 2030, which includes pillars for student success; diversity, equity and inclusion; and sustainability.

“During the interviews, I felt an immediate connection to the welcoming and inclusive campus culture,” she said. “I have been very impressed with SIU’s commitment to first-generation students, inclusion, diversity and affordability – and SIU’s long-standing commitment to sustainability. I am delighted to join SIU to help realize the Imagine 2030 strategic plan, and I am honored to be a member of the Saluki family. By working together, I believe we can position SIU for an incredible future.

Ms. Simmers comes to the SIU from Montana State University Billings, where she has served as vice chancellor for administration and finance and chief financial officer since 2019. She has also held positions in university finance at the University of northern Colorado in Greeley and Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska.

SIU chose Simmers after a national search. Simmers and the other finalists interviewed the Search Committee, Chancellor Austin A. Lane, the Chancellor’s Office, the Chancellor’s Budget and Planning Committee (which is a constituency-based group), and senior staff of the VCAF division.

Lane said the feedback he received made Simmers stand out.

“We are delighted to have Ms. Simmers join the Saluki family,” he said. “People who have interacted with her have been impressed with her 29 years of experience with multi-million dollar budgets, her background in human resources and unions, and her sustainability efforts in building facilities and the energetic efficiency. She will play a key role in the continued implementation of Imagine 2030.”

Simmers holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from St. Louis University and an MBA from Creighton.

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