Dr. Parker began his tenure at Drake University in December of 2014 as the Associate Dean of Students. Following Dean Bakari’s transition to become Vice Chancellor for Student Success at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in the fall of 2016, Jerry became the Interim Dean of Students. Previous to the fall of 2016, Jerry also served as Acting Dean of Students during Dean Bakari’s participation with Semester at Sea. Jerry earned his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University, with a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science from Texas State.
During Jerry’s tenure at Drake University, he has worked collaboratively with colleagues and fellow administrators to promote an environment of inclusiveness and diversity, respect, rapport, and civility in order to enhance the Drake experience. Prior to his arrival at Drake University, Jerry has participated in LeaderShape which he calls one of the most “effective leadership development programs he has ever observed as an educator due to the program’s holistic impact on college students.” While serving as the Director of Student Services at Des Moines University, Jerry received the 2014 Diversity Champion Award through the Office of Multicultural Affairs due to his commitment in expanding cultural competency among colleagues and students. In 2015, Jerry was presented the Outstanding Innovation Award and Outstanding Achievement Award through the Division of Student Life. Most recently, Jerry was appointed to the Iowa Campus Compact Executive Board as the Chair of the Giving Voice Committee in which he is currently serving his first year of a two year term.
A native of New England, Jerry supports all Boston teams. It wasn’t until he moved to Texas for college that the “Boston curse” became no longer – since then his family has asked that he live outside of New England so championships can continue to be won. Jerry and his wife, Michelle, son Ben, and daughter Josie, love calling Iowa home and enjoy coming to Drake’s campus to participate in events, see students, and interact with colleagues.