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    Simpson University Celebrates Grand Opening of Woodland Regional Center

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    Simpson University celebrated the opening of its new regional center in Woodland on Oct. 29.

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    For Immediate Release

    Nov. 11, 2015 WOODLAND, Calif.—Simpson University celebrated the opening of its new regional center in Woodland on Oct. 29, with local, state and university leaders offering welcome and remarks. “(Woodland is) so happy that this day has come and is so very grateful Simpson University has chosen Woodland for its expansion campus,” Woodland Mayor Tom Stallard said.

    Starting in January, the center, located at 715 Lincoln Ave., will offer degree-completion programs for those wishing to earn bachelor’s degrees in business management, psychology, and organizational leadership. Some of the programs, designed to accommodate working adults, can be completed in 12 months. The center also offers two graduate degrees through Simpson University’s A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary: a master of divinity and master of arts in ministry leadership.

    Dr. John Burlison, dean of adult studies and online programs at Simpson, thanked the city of Woodland, chamber of commerce, Woodland Community College, and university trustee Ray Van Gilst for their investment and partnership in the expansion. “Simpson University is grateful and thankful for the reception it has received here in Woodland,” he said.

    Other speakers included Simpson University President Robin Dummer; representatives from the offices of Congressman John Garamendi, Assemblyman Bill Dodd and state Sen. Lois Wolk; Yolo County supervisors Duane Chamberlain and Matt Rexroad; and Dr. Michael White, president of Woodland Community College. Speakers commented on the importance of accessible education for the largely rural region. Several talked about Simpson University’s academic excellence and its motto of “Gateway to World Service.”

    “They’re not just about changing the region,” Rexroad said. “They’re about changing the world.”

    A reception followed the ribbon-cutting at “The Lincoln,” BlackPine Holding’s corporate office and event center. Attendees also toured classrooms in the new regional center.

    For more information, visit simpsonu.edu/woodland.

    Photos and video by Matt Murnan (photo location), left to right: Eric Aiston, Woodland Regional Center director; Wendy Ross, Woodland economic development manager; Tom Stallard, Woodland mayor; Dr. John Burlison, Simpson University dean of adult studies and online programs; Simpson University President Robin Dummer; Dr. Michael White, president of Woodland Community College; Ray Van Gilst, superintendent of Central Pacific District of Christian and Missionary Alliance; and Noelle Adams, Woodland Regional Center program representative.


    Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Building in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit simpsonu.edu. Woodland of Yolo County, California, is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Sacramento.

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    They’re not just about changing the region, they’re about changing the world.
    - Matt Rexroad - Woodland County Supervisor
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