President: Dr. Roger Parrott

Dr. Roger Parrott is one of America’s most experienced presidents - serving over 33 years. 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 has served on various 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 newest book will be released in January 2022, “Opportunity Leadership: How To Stop Planning And Start Getting Results.” His wife, MaryLou, earned her Ph.D. in English and teaches at Belhaven, specializing in Shakespeare and classical literature. They have two adult children who graduated from Belhaven.

E-Mail Dr. Parrott at president@belhaven.edu.

Background stories and further information about Dr. Parrott:

EDUCATION

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

PROFESSIONAL

Belhaven University
President
1995 - present; Jackson, Mississippi
Sterling College
President
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
Pastor
1973-1980

CURRENT AND FORMER BOARD SERVICE