Ronald W. Simpson
Simpson came to BYU after two decades in the music industry, first as a musician and songwriter, and later as a studio owner, label head, music publisher, composer, arranger, and producer. He has written for records, films, commercials, and musical theater. He received the Creative Works Award from BYU in 1999, and a Certificate of Recognition from the College of Fine Arts and Communications in 2001, both for his work as General Manager of Tantara Records. In 2006, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Faith-Centered Music Association (FCMA) at the annual Pearl Awards.
At BYU he taught songwriting and media composition and administered academic programs in media music and sound recording. He produced music for BYU's touring shows The Living Legends and The Young Ambassadors.
Simpson received music industry honors in 1992, 1993, and 2001 as publisher of the hit song, "Norma Jean Riley," which was recorded by the group Diamond Rio on Arista Records.
After 27 years of invaluable service to BYU, Simpson announced in May 2011 that he would retire shortly before Fall of that year.
- The Daily Universe - YA associate director to retire (17 May 2011)
- The Daily Universe - Q&A with Young Ambassadors associate director Ron Simpson (18 May 2011)
- The Daily Universe - Young Ambassadors share talents in Midwest (23 June 2010)
- BYU Magazine - Cougar Tracks: It Starts With a Song (Fall 2009)
- The Daily Universe: Record Label Helps BYU to Promote its Musical Program
- Deseret News - "He makes the music" (August 2006)
- Cricket and Seagull Fireside Chat - "Lifetime Achievement Award" (July 2006)
- Rogers, Brittany Karford. “Encyclopedia of Musical Alumni.” BYU Magazine. 2007. Brigham Young University. 28 Dec 2007. <http://magazine.byu.edu/?act=view&a=2085>.