Dr. Mike Simmons

Associate Executive Director, Business Development & Strategic Partnerships, AACRAO

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Mike Simmons, Ph.D. is the Associate Executive Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at AACRAO, where he manages a portfolio of external grants and special projects, with a particular focus on Comprehensive Learner Records (CLRs).  

He is recently retired from the University of North Texas, where he served as the Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs in the Provost’s Office of Curricular Innovation and Academic Partnerships. He led a number of academic innovation projects, including the development of the Career Connect Comprehensive Learner Record (CLR/LER). Before joining the UNT team, Dr. Simmons was the Assistant Vice President for Lifelong Learning at Texas Woman’s University.  He also previously served as the founding director of the Marshall Technology Institute.

He holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Urban Affairs from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His Bachelor of Arts degree in History is from King College in Bristol, Tennessee.  

Mike's Role at AACRAO

Dr. Simmons is responsible for leading the consulting, corporate partnerships and grants teams in creating and maintaining valuable strategic relationships and creating resource opportunities that allow AACRAO to meet strategic goals and serve our members.