Applause from alumni, colleagues and friends "How fortunate we all have been to be blessed with Jimmy and the great legacy he has helped foster and grow for Lamar. Jimmy is the first to give credit to others for what he has been and is being accomplished. His can-do attitude, vision, leadership, mentoring and devotion have encouraged so many to do so much." - Alan Sampson, 1968 Lamar graduate
"Lamar is well positioned for the future in a large part because of the leadership of Dr. Simmons." - Matt Underwood, 1984 graduate
"Jimmy Simmons did what he did the way he did it for the right reasons, with a good result affecting so many lives in a positive way." - Chancellor Brian McCall
"We call him a turnaround specialist. He's really done a super job at Lamar, and he's laid the groundwork for continued growth." - Regent Bill Scott
"Jimmy has been a phenomenal, transformational leader here at Lamar University. " - Greg Thompson, co-chair, Investing in the Future campaign.
"Watching Lamar University grow and flourish under Simmons' presidency is a true pleasure. Looking back at my years as Jimmy's student is like looking back at my father. The older I got, the smarter he seems." - Don Rollins, saxophonist and Grammy winning composer-arranger "He taught us a lot more than just music. We who experienced Lamar through him agree that his leadership and encouragement helped not only to launch our careers but our lives as successful teachers, musicians and human beings." - Donnie Todd, veteran educator and trombonist
"How rare is it to find a university president who is completely, totally hip?" - Sharon Montgomery, Houston vocalist and former Lamar student
"A lot of people have seen him performing - and he's a great performer. But he is also a master teacher. And, of course, it's very rare to be a band director and end up a university president. What he's done for Lamar is fantastic." - Val Rose, friend and colleague more than 50 years and retired Nederland band director.
"What does not show up on any resume is the way Jimmy helps talented students overcome obstacles. He takes them under his wing, gives them encouragement and the resources they need to succeed." - Gary Wells, retired Hamshire-Fannett band director.
"Dr. Simmons will forever be in my LU memories. Sweet man, fantastic leader." - Josmery (Ramirez) Mulvahill, 2009 music graduate