Trine names VP for Peoria, AZ campus

ANGOLA, Ind. – 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 of Peoria, Ariz., 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 or call at 480.209.3549.