Alexander Simpson, one of the newly appointed members of Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents, was welcomed to EMU through a town hall style meet and greet hosted in the Student Center.
The town hall was organized by the Delta Nu Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and the department of Africology and African American Studies.
Regent Simpson expressed that as an EMU alumni both organizations influenced his growth during his time as a student. He is member of Kappa Alpha Psi, and during his freshman year he was mentored by an African American Studies professor.
Regent Simpson holds a law degree, and both a master’s and bachelor's degree in social work. He expressed his intentions to always remember his time as a student while serving as a Regent.
“In addition to my formal training I will bring my experience as a student. My experience as an African American student, as a student involved in Greek life, and also my experience as a student that had my own run-ins with the judicial system here,” said Regent Alexander Simpson.
Following speaking, Regent Simpson opened up the floor for question and answers. Students asked him questions about how he feels towards the students that have been sanctioned, and the progress EMU is making towards The Black Student 10-Point Plan.
Regent Simpson agrees with the recent outcomes of the students that have met with the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards because he believes students should not be suspended nor put in a position to miss class. He also has plans to assist regents and administration with addressing any remaining campus concerns.
Regent Simpson believes the increasing cost of college are negatively affecting students ability to graduate.
“One of my goals is to help more students graduate and I believe one way we do that is through decreasing the fiscal aspect of college," said Regent Simpson.
He hopes to achieve his goal through condensing the quantity of resources the University uses to run, and through collapsing resources into the same stream it will allow the university to decrease expenses which will consequently cut cost for students.
Regent Simpson strongly believes open dialogue is a key to the campus of EMU running efficiently. He is open to communicating with students and will implement the open door policy. Contact information for Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents can be found online.
“I’m really looking forward to serving and doing the best job I can," said Regent Simpson, " and I expect you all to hold me it.”