is moving up the ladder.After serving 18 months as the University of Tennessee's Parents Association interim director, Parker has been promoted to full director.
Its rapid expansion comes from the contributions of families to the university, Parker
"In 2003, there were just over 900 member families and today we have over 4,300 member families," she
said."In 2006, 11 scholarships were awarded in the areas of academic achievement and international study abroad.This year, we expanded scholarship programs to create two new scholarships in the areas of leadership and service and awarded 19 scholarships to students of Parents Association members."
"The deep interest and generous support of parents have made a significant difference in helping UT maintain its position as an international leader in higher education and in enhancing students' out-of-class experiences," Parker
will look to continue the improvements with a redesign of the Parent Handbook, a larger Tennessee Family magazine, and by building more networks among UT parents.
"We are also taking parent requests to connect out-of-state parents with other UT Parents Association
members.This year, we discovered that we had over 50 Parents Association member families in the state of Maryland," Parker
said."Therefore, we found it beneficial for us to facilitate a connection for all of those parents."Before receiving her bachelor's and master's degrees at UT and getting involved with the Parents Association, Parker worked as an assistant director of the Office Student Orientation and Leadership Development.
said, "We hope to continue to reach more parents of UT students.