The Story of George Simmerman '80

by Aislinn Shevlin '14

When George Simmerman ’80 was an undergraduate at Spring Hill, his favorite place to relax on campus was the Jesuit cemetery, where he says he felt the history of the people who had served the college.  From the vantage point of the cemetery, all of downtown Mobile is visible; a sight that Simmerman imagined would be part of his future.

 It turned out that after receiving his law degree from the University of Mississippi, Simmerman did indeed work in downtown Mobile at a law practice. Simmerman says, “I loved the relationship I had with this city and the people here.”  Simmerman married a Mobile native and has three children. After working in private practice for a few years, Simmerman took a job with Huntington Ingalls Industries in 1991. He is now Deputy General Counsel for Huntington Ingalls, which designs, builds and maintains ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard. 

Simmerman credits Spring Hill’s professors for encouraging his aspirations and providing him with the tools to succeed.  He says, “People took a proprietary interest in students and the professors were invested in preparing you for what you wanted to do. The buildings bring back memories but it’s the people who were most important.” The writing and learning skills he obtained as a political science major were invaluable to him in law school and as an attorney.  Simmerman says he learned “how to think broadly and incorporate that into what I was writing. It paid dividends when I did get to law school because I wasn’t afraid to write.”

A native of Pascagoula, MS, Simmerman was amazed by Spring Hill’s geographically diverse student body and the experiences that distinguish it as a close-knit campus. Simmerman advises current students to, “Embrace the morality and the spiritual side that the college is able to give you. It makes you more holistic in the way that you think about any problem that you approach.”

Simmerman remains connected to the college through the alumni board and to his classmates through Facebook.  He’s enthusiastic about giving back to the college in any way possible. “The college gave a lot to me. When you’ve been out for a while and worked or gone to graduate school like I did, you’re able to kind of test what you learned here against what is being demanded of you. It’s easy for me to look back and be grateful for that.”





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