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Trine University-Peoria hires associate vice president

A longtime Arizona resident with experience in higher education and business, and degrees from Cornell University, has been selected to lead Trine University Peoria.


A longtime Arizona resident with experience in higher education and business, and degrees from Cornell University, has been selected to lead Trine University Peoria.

Deborah DeSimone, Ph.D. of Peoria has been named associate vice president and will serve as the chief administrative officer of the new Peoria campus, 14100 N. 83rd Ave. She begins Monday, May 6.

“I’m confident that Deborah’s experience in higher education administration and as a chief academic officer will ensure success at Trine University Peoria,” said Earl D. Brooks II, Ph.D., Trine president. “She is dedicated to providing high quality service to students and is eager to uphold Trine’s tradition of quality academic programs.”

As associate vice president, DeSimone is the chief administrator responsible for all campus operations and coordination of the academic programs. She will also work closely with faculty, support staff and other administrators while reaching out to engage the community in Trine’s effort to provide quality educational opportunities while also supporting economic development.

DeSimone holds three degrees from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.; a Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering, and a Master of Science and doctorate degrees in electrical engineering.

She was dean of academic affairs from 2011 to 2012 at Anthem College Online, headquartered in Peoria, where she was responsible for all academic affairs, including faculty and staff oversight and course development. During her tenure, the school launched five degree programs. Anthem College confers associate and bachelor degrees.

From 2006 to 2010, DeSimone served as chief academic officer at Western International University, also in Phoenix. There, she directed all faculty, curriculum development, academic technology and academic affairs. WIU grants associate, bachelor and master degrees.
In addition, DeSimone has experience managing technology software business relations for both Motorola and Freescale Semiconductor and as an assistant professor in the Department of Materials Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh.

“My skills and experience gained at Anthem and WIU will mesh well with my new responsibilities to lead a new campus for Trine,” DeSimone said. “I’m excited to join a university known for academic excellence and for delivering work-ready graduates.”
For more information about Trine University Peoria campus, visit www.trine.edu/peoria  or call


About Trine University in Peoria:
Trine University signed a development agreement with the City of Peoria in October of 2012 to establish a Trine University in Peoria campus that would offer degree programs in engineering, business, and computer science, among others. The university was granted accreditation from the Arizona State Board for Private Post-Secondary Education in January.

Founded in 1884 in Angola, Indiana, Trine University offers more than 35 degree programs on its main campus, as well as online and at regional campuses and education centers throughout Indiana and Michigan. The university has become the fastest-growing private university in Indiana over the last five years, with a 68 percent increase in enrollment. U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review have ranked Trine among the Midwest’s Best Colleges every year since 2008. The university’s job-placement rates are above the national average. Of the university’s 2012 graduating class, 92 percent of graduates found meaningful employment or were enrolled in graduate school within six months of commencement.