Dr. Simone is the founding vice president and dean at the University of South Dakota Community College for Sioux Falls. Before taking that position, Simone spent five years as the president of Trinidad State Junior College, a multi-campus, Hispanic-serving institution in rural southern Colorado. While in Colorado, Simone was trained as a peer reviewer with the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional accreditation agencies for higher education. She has also served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho.
She began her career at Casper College in Wyoming, starting as a faculty member before advancing to faculty senate chair, division chair, and vice president for Academic Affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Colorado State University, and a Bachelor’s in Chemistry from the University of North Dakota.