Dr. Simpson grew up in nearby Loudon, TN.

He holds the following degrees: B.A., Welch College; B.A., University of Tennessee; M.S., University of Tennessee; MDiv., Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ed.D., University of Texas A&M - Commerce

During his storied teaching career, Dr. Simpson has been the recipient of: Fulbright Scholar Lecturing Award 2000 Estonia; Fulbright Senior Specialist 2002 Saudi Arabia Director-Math/Science Partnership Grant 2008-2012 "Rural Education in the Southern Appalachian Region of the United States" University of Southern Philippines, Davao City, Philippines, 2008

When not teaching, Dr. Simpson enjoys vegetable gardening; collecting Rock 'N' Roll music 1950s - early 1960s and  collecting World War II movies.