Board member since 1986

Barclay Simpson is chairman emeritus of Simpson Mfg. Co. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Berkeley Art Museum and sits on the board of Girls, Inc. of Alameda County.

At CCA he has served in several leadership positions, including advancement committee chair for six years. During that time, he increased contributions significantly, brought on new trustees and new donors, and made leadership gifts that set the stage for the college's expansion in the late 1990s.

Barclay and his wife, Sharon, have given generously to the college over the years to support a variety of projects. In 1998, the Simpsons' gift built the Sharon Hanley Simpson Library, a critical part of the San Francisco campus. The Simpson Library—much larger and better equipped than the previous facility—enabled a dramatic expansion in academic resources, including strategic growth in the library collection. The Simpson name also graces the award-winning sculpture facility in Oakland, which was completed in 1993. The couple has also been generous supporters of the Center for Art and Public Life and the CCA Scholarship Fund.

In recognition of his many contributions to the community, Simpson was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from CCA in 2005.