Simms named vice president for intercultural and student affairs

Marshall University President Brad D. Smith today announced that Dr. Marcie Simms will serve as the university’s next vice president for intercultural and student affairs, effective July 5.

Simms is currently the dean of students at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio.

“Marcie is a proven leader who exhibits a deep understanding of our student population and a respect for Marshall’s tradition and values, combined with an ability to collaborate and build efficient teams to unleash potential,” Smith said. “I am excited to welcome Marcie to Marshall to serve in this pivotal role.”

Simms completed her undergraduate work at Marshall, earned a master’s degree at Eastern Kentucky University and graduated from Marshall with her doctorate in education. A native of Cabell County, Simms has served at Florida State University and EKU, in addition to her time at Shawnee State.

“Dr. Simms’ work with first-generation students, her familiarity with our region and student body, her understanding and appreciation of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion [DEI] priorities, her experience in all facets of student life and organizations, week of welcome events and student government associations, combined with her high energy and engagement, elevated her candidacy from the others,” said Dr. Avinandan “Avi” Mukherjee, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs.

Simms was selected from a field of five candidates.

Simms will succeed Maurice Cooley, who is retiring from Marshall after nearly 20 years of service.