Dr. Charlotte K. Simmons has served as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma (UCO) since 2015. Prior to assuming this role, she previously served as the UCO Dean of the College of Mathematics and Science. She is a Professor of Mathematics and Statistics at the same university and is a former Chair of the Department. She continues to be a passionate teacher, having continued to teach one class each year throughout her administrative career. She is a strong supporter of undergraduate research and serves at the national level as a Council for Undergraduate Research (CUR) Executive Board member. Dr. Simmons has served as the Principal Investigator/Program Coordinator for several National Science Foundation grants supporting students from disadvantaged backgrounds.