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Dr. Gail M. Simmons, PhD

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

As Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Simmons is the chief academic officer of the University and is second in command to the President.

The Provost is responsible for overseeing the full range of administrative responsibilities for the smooth operation of the academic units of the University including all of the University's Schools and Colleges as well as the libraries of the University.

Dr. Simmons, a geneticist and biologist, joined Hofstra University from Manhattanville College, where she served as provost and vice president of academic affairs, as well as a professor of biology. During her time at Manhattanville, Dr. Simmons led the effort to create a School of Arts and Sciences, to transform the School of Graduate and Professional Studies into a School of Business, and to launch the college’s first doctoral program in educational leadership, as well as supporting the development of international academic partnerships in the United Kingdom, China and the Dominican Republic. She has also served as a board member of several community organizations, including the YWCA of White Plains and Central Westchester, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue in White Plains, the Philomusica Chorus in East Brunswick, N.J., and the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium.

Immediately prior to her appointment at Manhattanville, Dr. Simmons served as the Dean of the Division of Science and Technology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY) where she supported increased faculty diversity and faculty success in the sciences and technology; led a team that brought nearly $1 million in federal funding to support student success in STEM disciplines; and advocated for civic-engagement and active-learning approaches to science education through the NSF-sponsored SENCER program as a SENCER leadership fellow.  Other positions Dr. Simmons has held include founding Dean, School of Science at The College of New Jersey and Associate Dean, Division of Science at The City College of CUNY, where she began as a member of the faculty.

From 2004-2012, Dr. Simmons served as the associate editor of the Journal of Molecular Evolution, has served as a National Science Foundation panelist several times and has been the recipient of grants from the National Science Foundation, NYSTAR and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Simmons received her PhD from the Department of Genetics at the University of California, Davis, and a B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh.