Benard H. Simelton Sr. was born in Tiplersville, MS and attended College at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, MS. He graduated with a B.S. degree in Sociology in 1976 and received a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of North Dakota 1981.
Benard served 23 years in the Air Force and retired in 2000 as a Lieutenant Colonel. His most rewarding assignment was serving on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) negotiation team in Geneva Switzerland which led to the signing of the START Treaty between the US and countries of the Former Soviet Union.
He is a Life Member of the NAACP and served as President of Limestone County NAACP from 2003-2009. His is in his seventh year as President of Alabama State Conference of the NAACP. Since joining the NAACP in Alabama, he has received the Regional Medgar Evers, Regional Kelly M. Alexander, and Regional Director Award and numerous branch awards.
He is married to the former Elaine Erves of Vicksburg, MS. They are the proud parents of Bernard Jr., Emergency Medicine Doctor in Atlanta, GA and Eric a Medical Device District Sales Manager in Miami, FL.