Simmons recently welcomed Dr. Kim Edward Spiezio as the new Associate Vice President for Adult Learning. Spiezio will focus on expanding Simmons’s non-traditional undergraduate program for women over the age of 24, and developing new, flexible options that will include classes held in the evenings, on weekends, and online.
Women over the age of 24 who have graduated from high school but lack a bachelor’s degree constitute one of the largest and fastest-growing student populations in higher education. Serving the needs of this population will greatly expand the scope of the College’s mission by enabling Simmons to educate more women, in more ways, across more communities.
“Simmons has a well-deserved reputation for excellence in women’s education, so an adult student can be confident that she will be given the opportunity to develop the skills, aptitudes, and expertise that are crucial for career success in today’s economy,” Spiezio said.
Reporting directly to President Helen Drinan, Spiezio was chosen after a rigorous hiring process that included interviews of more than 10 candidates and formal presentations on campus. He has more than 25 years of experience in higher education, pedagogical innovation, educational entrepreneurship, and scholarly research.
Most recently, Spiezio was founding dean of Graduate Studies at Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa., where he was responsible for leading departmentally-based academic teams in the creation of five programs: nursing, forensic science, counseling, business administration, and a low-residency pan European MFA in creative writing. Spiezio previously held positions at Virginia Tech University, University of Minnesota, and State University of New York at Binghamton. Spiezio has a Ph.D. and a B.A. from University Center at Binghamton in political science.