Mrs. Alice M. Simpkins Retires after 42 Years of Service at Paine College

Posted by painewebmaster | 09/8/2014 09:30 AM

Mrs. Alice M. Simpkins has a heart for Paine College.  Her service has lasted a span of forty-two years at her alma mater. She started in 1972 as a professional tutor, and advanced to Director of Institutional Research, a position she has held since 1987. She also was elected to serve as the Fo­rum Chair for the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).  Her motivation was simply to give back to the institution that had done so much for her as an under­graduate student. “I returned to work for two years, and here I am 42 years later,” said Mrs. Simpkins.

She has had the privilege of seeing a student body change and evolve over time, and the standard she expects of the students has always been extremely high. Ms. Simpkins says students should come to college remembering that it is a privilege, an honor, and should be grateful for the opportunity to be a student. This should be shown from a student’s attire during assemblies, to respect for the authoritative figures of the college.

Serving as the on-campus advisor for Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated and PanHellenic Council (NPAC), she has constantly been a resource for students to depend upon, even surprising her students with a van she purchased for transportation to underwriting the costs for them to attend a regional conference one year. “I must have parked that van in several different places, and even moved it part of the time during the day, so they wouldn’t see it ahead of time. So of course you know they were sur­prised when I picked them for the trip. They said “Oh, you rented a blue van?” and I said “No, this is ours!” So they were excited about that, and I was happy to do that for them, be­cause I love my sorority and my students.”

Recently retiring as of June 30, 2014, she plans to enjoy her time by traveling, engaging in fun projects at her home which she shares with Dr. Roosevelt Simpkins, and “just going with the flow.” Mrs. Simpkins will also be enjoying her time spent with her three grand­children. Speaking on her strong family ties to Paine, she said, “When my family gets to­gether, we could almost have an alumni meeting. I married a Paineite, my sister and brother attended Paine, and my sister married a Paineite. My son says that he grew up at Paine.”

Mrs. Simpkins’ favorite quote is “Please be patient with me, God is not through with me yet.” She wants her colleagues to remember her as someone who “worked hard and provided them with the most accurate and timely information possible.” Her words of wisdom for Paine students is “Work hard, and you will be successful…but you do have to work hard.”

We salute you Mrs. Simpkins for 42 years of service to the Paine College Community. You have made a stamp in our evolvement as an institution, and forever in our hearts.