Jan C. Simmons, Ph.D.

Program Director

Simmons is co-founder and director of the Center for the Study of Small/Rural Schools at the University of Oklahoma (1991). She directed the annual conferences on Creating the Quality School as well as numerous other conferences held in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, USAID, state agencies, and others. In addition to these events across the nation, she has conducted and participated in training programs for international rural educators.

Simmons developed and conducted eight week-long leadership institutes for the top echelons of the Oklahoma Army National Guard. The institutes ran from 1989 to 1992 under her leadership and were continued for several more years by the Center for Public Management and Education Development.

She is a member of many educational organizations and holds awards from the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA) and the National Rural Education Association (NREA).

Simmons holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary math education; a master of education degree in adult and higher education administration with an emphasis in training and development; and doctor of philosophy in adult and higher education administration with emphases in leadership, continuing education, and international education.

Favorite pastimes of Simmons and her husband include day hiking in Colorado, taking long walks with their six grandchildren in West Virginia, travel to rural areas anywhere in the world, and reading. God and family keep the Simmons' grounded and true to the most important things of life.