Rob Parker arrived at Union as vice president for College Relations in October 2020. He has more than two decades of executive leadership and institutional advancement experience. He is responsible for the College’s alumni and parent engagement and fundraising functions, including the Powering Union campaign.
Previously, he served as senior associate dean for development in the College of Arts and Sciences and executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has served as vice president for College Advancement at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.
Parker began his career in development at the University of Chicago, where he received an M.A. in religious studies (1989) and a Ph.D. in theology (1997). He holds a B.A. in history from Baylor University.
Parker and his wife, Beth Taylor, live near campus and have two adult daughters, both of whom reside in North Carolina.