Simmons was appointed to the Board of Directors of Chrysler Group LLC in June 2012. Simmons, President of Brown University since 2001, stepped down from that post on June 30, 2012 and remains with the university as President Emerita.
Prior to joining Brown University, she was President of Smith College, where she started the first engineering program at a U.S. women’s college.
Her work and academic background includes:
2012 - current, Board of Directors, Chrysler Group LLC
2012 - current, President Emerita, Brown University
2001 - 2012, President, Brown University
2001 - current, Professor -Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Africana Studies, Brown University
1995, President, Smith College
1992, Vice Provost, Princeton University
1990, Provost, Spelman College
1983, Various positions of increasing responsibility until becoming Associate Dean of the Faculty, Princeton University
1979, Assistant Dean and then Associate Dean, University of Southern California
1977, Various positions including Acting Director of International Programs, California State University - Northridge
1975, Assistant Dean - College of Liberal Arts; Assistant Professor of French, University of New Orleans
1970, Admissions Officer, Radcliffe College
1968, Instructor in French, George Washington University
1968, Interpreter - Language Services Division, U.S. Department of State
Simmons serves on several boards, including those of Princeton University and Texas Instruments.
Simmons is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans (1967), and received her Ph.D. in Romance languages and literatures from Harvard University (1973). Simmons is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Simmons was appointed to the Board of Directors of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. on 12 October 2014.