Office of Institutional Research & Planning

Staff Biographies


Office of Institutional Research & Planning

Kent Wyatt Hall, Suite 152


Phone (662) 846-4050

Fax (662) 846-4055  



Institutional Research and Planning

Kent Wyatt Hall 152

Cleveland, MS 38733

Phone: (662) 846-4051


Suzanne Simpson is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and has worked in Institutional Research & Planning since 2008. Suzanne received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Delta State University and her Master of Arts in Political Science/minor in Public Administration from Arkansas State University. Ms. Simpson has also been a Congressional Fellow in the United States Senate and she attended the Inter-Consortium of Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2004. She is currently working on her Education Doctorate in Professional Studies at Delta State. 


Ms. Simpson has conducted research and data analysis for non-profit organizations, city, state, and federal levels of government.  She has also assisted with survey design and analysis research for K-12 and higher education. Additionally, Suzanne has presented studies at the Louisiana Political Science Association, Association for Politics and Life Sciences, Southern Association for Institutional Research, and the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research. Her research interests include, women and gender studies, politics and life sciences, arts education, constituent services, and higher education data analysis.


Suzanne enjoys spending time with her nieces (Brinley & Kylie) and her nephew (Patrick Jordan). She also enjoys relaxing with her two cats (Emma & Noah), Chihuahua (Papi James), Chiweenie (Shiloh), reading, painting, and singing A cappella music.



Institutional Research and Planning

Kent Wyatt Hall 162

Cleveland, MS 38733

Phone: (662) 846-4052


Justin Chandler is a native of Water Valley, Mississippi and currently in the Community Development Master’s program here at Delta State. Justin attended the University of Mississippi and received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy Leadership through the Trent Lott Institute. He intends to receive a doctoral degree in Higher Education Administration upon completion of the Community Development program. Justin’s interests include U.S. Politics and Southern History. He enjoys traveling, attending football and baseball games at Delta State and Ole Miss, and spending time outdoors.


Rhonda B. Loper, A.A., B.S.


Institutional Research and Planning

Kent Wyatt Hall 163

Cleveland, MS 38733

Phone: (662) 846-4053


Rhonda Loper, the newest member of the IR team, is originally from South Mississippi. She earned her A.A. degree in Elementary Education from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in 1997. In 2009, Rhonda enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Delta State. She then graduated with magna cum laude honors in December 2011. Her areas of emphasis were Education, Business, and Art. Rhonda is currently in the Master’s program at DSU and plans to continue until she has received her Doctorate.

As a wife of an ordained minister and mother of two young adults, Rhonda leads a busy, yet fulfilled life. She currently serves as the Sunday School Coordinator for her church and has been actively involved with children’s ministry for over twenty years. Her hobbies include reading, art, and writing. She has plans to write and publish children’s fiction and motivational books.



Graduate Assistant

Institutional Research and Planning

Kent Wyatt Hall 234

Cleveland, MS 38733

Phone: (662) 846-4050

Kimberly Stevenson is a native of Memphis, TN. and is currently attending Delta State University majoring in Counselor Education. Her concentrations are Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. Kimberly received her bachelor degree in Psychology from The University of Memphis. Her career goals are to become a Marriage and Family counselor or Guidance counselor. In her free time Kimberly enjoys reading, shopping, exercising, and spending time with her family.





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