Parker picked as Florida Polytechnic provost

Lakeland-based Florida Polytechnic University recently appointed Terry Parker to be its new provost effective Sept. 1, tapping the engineering researcher’s wealth of expertise to help steer Florida Poly’s growth.


Dr. Terry Parker  

Lakeland-based Florida Polytechnic University recently appointed Terry Parker to be its new provost effective Sept. 1, tapping the engineering researcher’s wealth of expertise to help steer Florida Poly’s growth.

Parker previously served as provost and EVP for the Colorado School of Mines engineering institution. At Florida Poly, Parker will manage an array of academic functions, from student and faculty recruitment to curriculum guidance and grant acquisition. The university is currently focused on expanding both its student body and campus amenities.

“Florida Poly is rapidly establishing itself as a regional and national player in innovation and technology, and adding Dr. Parker’s leadership and experience in building world-renowned STEM programs will only help accelerate that growth,” University president Randy Avent said. “Welcoming a Provost with the skill and dedication that Dr. Parker has shown in growing academic institutions is exciting for our students, faculty, staff and community.”

Parker earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University and a doctorate in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley. Board of trustees chairman Frank Martin congratulated Avent on the successful appointment, expressing pride in the institution’s “attracting such accomplished scientists, business strategists and academic leaders.”

Florida Polytechnic University recently became the newest addition to the State University System of Florida and is committed exclusively to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields, combining research with real-world working partnerships.

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