The Director’s Award for Outstanding Service to Honors Programs was created in 2010 to recognize significant contribution to and support of the efforts of the University Honors Program on campus.
The 2015 recipient of the Director’s Award is Dr. Dave Parrott.
LAUNCH: Honors thanks Dr. Parrott for sharing his wealth of knowledge about higher-ed law with Honors students in small seminars and workshops, as well as providing guidance and professional development for LAUNCH staff. We wish Dr. Parrott well as he heads to the University of Florida, and are confident that his influence will continue to bear positive results for our staff for years to come!
For a list of previous recipients, visit the TAMU HUR Faculty Awards page.
Dr. Parrott earned his doctorate at the University of Louisville in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration. His dissertation research focus was racial identity development. Additionally, he holds an M.A. in College Student Personnel and a B.S. in Business Management from Western Kentucky University.
Dr. Parrott will begin his tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida on June 1, 2016. He has served as Dean of Student Life, Executive Associate Vice President, and Executive Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff at Texas A&M University. Prior to his arrival at Texas A&M University, Dr. Parrott was the Associate Dean of Students and later the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan University. Before arriving at Western Michigan University, he served in a number of capacities at Western Kentucky University including assistant hall director, hall director, assistant director of housing, director of residence life, assistant to the vice president, and assistant dean of student life.
Dr. Parrott has taught higher education legal issues at Western Kentucky University, Western Michigan University, Bowling Green State University and Texas A&M University. Dr. Parrott has also consulted extensively in the areas of race relations, conflict management, legal issues, and student conduct policies and processes. He has served on the faculty for the Gehring Academy, the national training academy for student conduct officials, and for the Student Organization Institute, the national training institute for those who supervise or train advisors of student organizations.
Dr. Parrott has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) (formerly ASJA) in the following capacities: Director at large, President-elect, President, and immediate past President. Most recently he served as Chairperson for the ASCA Foundation. Additionally, he is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has presented numerous times at both NASPA and ASCA. Dr. Parrott is a charter member of ASCA, an honorary member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and was awarded Life Membership in Delta Sigma Pi – the International Business Fraternity. He is the 2013 recipient of ASCA’s highest honor, the Donald D. Gehring Award that is given in recognition of sustained exceptional individual contributions to the field of student conduct administration. Also, Dr. Parrott was recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the 2013 President’s Award.
Dr. Parrott is married to Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott, and they have two sons, Jackson (11) and Jason (9). Dr. Parrott enjoys listening to vintage music, coaching, being a sports spectator, speaking to groups, fishing, shooting target pistols, tinkering with old Jeeps, admiring muscle cars, and doing small projects in his garage.