The search for the 17th President of Coker University is underway.
Coker University is currently conducting a search for its 17th president. Visit this page often for updates and information regarding our presidential search.
Presidential Search Committee
Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee – Justin Towey ’97
Chairman of the Board of Trustees – Angie Stanland
Board Member – Gloria Bell ’74
Board Member – Eliza Ingle
Board Member – Hoyt Kelley ’96
Board Member – Charles Sullivan
Board Member – Mindy Taylor
Community Representative – Harris DeLoach
Faculty Representative – Dr. Danny Malone
Faculty Representative – Dr. Meredith Sims
Chairman of the Staff Advisory Council – Shannon Flowers ’10
Student Representative – Mahari Green ’21
Coker University is engaged in a search for its 17th president. The institution welcomes inquiries, nominations, and applications for an experienced, impassioned leader interested in continuing and expanding the university’s efforts to educate the new student majority through innovative teaching, learning, and personal and professional development, as well as increasing the visibility of Coker’s graduate degree programs. The university hopes for a leader committed to keeping Coker competitive, yet still student-centered, in a rapidly changing higher education environment.
During this time of transition, Coker University is under the leadership of Dr. Tracy Parkinson, Executive Vice President.
Dr. Parkinson has been Executive Vice President of Coker University since 2017; he served as Provost and Dean from 2011-2017. Prior to arriving at Coker, he served as Associate Vice President and Dean of the Faculty at King University.
At Coker, his areas of oversight have included academic affairs, student affairs, and information technology. During his time as provost, Coker assumed a level change to be authorized to offer graduate degrees, and Coker has subsequently launched five master’s programs. Other program development has included the university’s first online programs, the honors program, two B.F.A. degrees, and centers for teaching and learning, leadership and entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary studies. He chaired Coker’s master academic planning process and currently oversees implementation of its strategic plan. Dr. Parkinson has sought to instill a renewed emphasis on student success, especially with regard to closing achievement gaps while serving a diverse student population.
Dr. Parkinson completed the Council of Independent College’s Colloquium on Leadership for Chief Academic Officers and the American Council on Education’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers. He is a member of the advisory council for the Mellon Global Education Consortium and serves as a review committee chair for the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Local activities include serving as a board member for Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, the Greater Hartsville United Way, and the TEACH Foundation, which administers a program to supplement the academic learning and personal development of local school children.
Dr. Parkinson is a native of Cleveland, Tennessee, and is a graduate of Carson-Newman University with a B.A. in French and Spanish. He holds an M.A. as well as a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee. He also studied at The American University of Paris and the Universidad de Santiago de Compostela. Dr. Parkinson, his wife Nichole, and their two children, Abigail and Adkins, live in Hartsville.
Coker University is governed by its Board of Trustees comprised of between 21 and 35 members, who are nominated by a standing committee of the board and are elected for a three year term. The Board currently consists of 31 members; 13 are alumni. The authority and responsibilities of the Board of Trustees include but are not limited to: determine and periodically review the mission of the university, approve new educational programs, select and evaluate the president, and oversee and approve the university budget.
Presidential Search Updates
Please check below for updates from our Presidential Search Committee.
Dear Campus Community —
We would like to offer an additional opportunity for you to weigh in with your thoughts related to our Presidential search. Please visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/CokerPresident to participate in a brief survey. The online survey is confidential and will take only five to ten minutes of your time. I encourage you to take this opportunity to provide input into this important process. Your responses will be very valuable to us as we begin recruiting candidates.
As a reminder, please share any candidate nominations via CokerPresident17@storbecksearch.com, and feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions related to the Presidential search.
Many thanks for your participation in the survey. Your insights will help us identify the strongest possible match for Coker at this important point in our history.
– Justin Towey
Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee
Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee