Leo R. Simpson, PhD

PhD, Business Management, University of Colorado
MBA, University of Pittsburgh
BS, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Professor Emeritus, Department of Management

Teaching Areas

  • Entrepreneurship, Business Analysis
  • Small Business
  • Operations Management


Personal Bio

Leo Simpson was a professor of entrepreneurship, teaching creative course designs in over 20 different courses for 40 years. One of the early pioneers of entrepreneurial higher education, he served five universities with the rank of full professor for 30 years. He was a department chair, distinguished professor, and endowed professor with Western Kentucky University (Mattie Newman Ford Professor of Entrepreneurship), and served as the Lawrence K. Johnson Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship at Seattle University. Dr. Simpson worked for the DuPont Company prior to entering the education field, contributing to two patents at the Nomex facility in Richmond, Virginia. He won numerous research and teaching awards and was recognized by professional organizations as a mentor, fellow, and certified business trainer. He was active with the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), the Entrepreneurship Club, and the Small Business Institute which are student-based organizations working directly with the service learning objectives of Seattle University. Dr. Simpson currently is the vice-president for Research and Publication for the National Small Business Institute and serves on the Editorial Review Board for the Journal of Small Business Strategy.