Omari Scott Simmons is the Howard L. Oleck Professor of Business Law at Wake Forest University School of Law and a recognized expert on education policy and corporate governance. He frequently lectures on these topics to academic and nonacademic audiences across the country. In addition to numerous articles, he is the author of the book Potential on the Periphery: College Access from the Ground Up (Rutgers Univ. Press)


Professor Simmons believes that higher education access for vulnerable populations is one of the most important issues facing this generation and has a keen interest in addressing obstacles to higher education opportunity. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Simmons Memorial Foundation (SMF), a grassroots nonprofit organization that promotes higher education access for vulnerable students. SMF provides a range of services including mentoring, college advising, college visitations, standardized test preparation, and scholarships. Over nearly two decades, Professor Simmons, on a volunteer basis, has helped hundreds of talented students attain their higher education goals.


Before entering academia, Professor Simmons practiced law in Washington, DC. He received his undergraduate education at Wake Forest University; his Juris Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge. At the University of Pennsylvania, he received the Thouron Award and the Fontaine Fellowship. Professor Simmons has received multiple honors in recognition of his efforts promoting higher education opportunity.