CLARKSDALE, Mississippi – April, 29 2019 – Dr. Temika M. Simmons, native of Jackson, Mississippi, has joined Higher Purpose Co. board of directors.
Simmons is a resident of the Mississippi Delta. She is a proud graduate of Jackson State University and Howard University where she received her undergraduate and graduate degree. In 2009, Simmons joined Delta State University faculty and currently serves as the Director of the Local Government Leadership Institute. While at DSU, she has been an active advocate of race, diversity, and student development.
In addition to Simmons newly elected role as a board member, she has membership on the American Association of University Women, DSU Diversity Committee, faculty advisor for the DSU African American Student Council, and co-chair for DSU Winning the Race Conference.
“It was my pleasure to learn more about Higher Purpose and it’s programming through our Winning the Race Conference at Delta State University,” said Simmons.
Simmons continued, “We supported previous programs that Mr. Lampkin facilitated in the community to educate women and men of color in business and entrepreneurship. This support was extended due to the conference efforts to partner with community advocates pushing issues of social and economic equity in communities of color.”
Simmons and Lampkin have remained in touch regarding future opportunities for collaboration and working together across the Mississippi Delta. “I’m truly grateful Dr. Simmons accepted the invitation to join our board. She has a depth of knowledge and we look forward to working with her to enhance our community wealth building programs across in Mississippi.” said Tim Lampkin, Chief Executive Officer of Higher Purpose Co.
Simmons is excited about joining Higher Purpose’s Board of Directors. “It is my hope to support the extension of the Higher Purpose’s work across the Delta, particularly in Washington County,” Simmons said. “I love the organization’s work around women and minorities and hope my contributions in those areas may be valuable.”
Simmons is a member of numerous professional and community organizations. She has made numerous presentations at state, national, and international conferences. She is also a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
“My personal aspirations for serving on the board just include giving back to the community and doing my part to make the Mississippi Delta a better place for all of us to live, work, and play,” said Simmons.