President: Dr. Roger Parrott

Dr. Roger Parrott is in his 20th year as President of Belhaven University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Parrott is a third-generation College president, and was one of America's youngest college presidents first elected at age 34. He serves on several boards, and was Chair of the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization hosted by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. Dr. Parrott is the author of The Longview: Lasting Strategies for Rising Leaders. His wife, MaryLou, earned her PhD in English. They have two home-schooled children.

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Read an interview with Dr. Parrott in the Clarion-Ledger Newspaper (Jackson, MS) giving thoughts on past experiences, the importance of Christian higher education, and the distinctives of Belhaven University.

His background, training, and service include the following:


Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1979
Major: Higher Education Administration
Dissertation: A Comparison of Faculty Members' Reported Professional Activities, and the Work Load Desires of College Presidents for Faculty Members in Five Liberal Arts Colleges of the Church of the Nazarene
M. Ed. University of Maryland, 1978
Major: Education Administration
Thesis: The Educational, Financial, and Social Costs and Benefits of Adult Education within the Structure of the University, Four-year College, and Junior College
B.A. Eastern Nazarene College, 1976
Major: Psychology


Belhaven University
1995 - present; Jackson, Mississippi
Sterling College
1989 - 1995; Sterling, Kansas
Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
United States Director
1986-1989; Charlotte, North Carolina
Mid-America Nazarene College
Vice President for Institutional Advancement and
Executive Director of the MANC Foundation
1980-1986; Olathe, Kansas
Church of the Nazarene