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Student Affairs: The Heart of the Student Experience

In March, 2016, Dr. David W. Parrott was announced as UF’s new vice president for Student Affairs, effective June 1. Parrott comes to UF from Texas A&M University, where he served as executive associate vice president and chief of staff in the Division of Student Affairs since 2008.

He is responsible for developing and leading effective student services and programs. Departments within Student Affairs include Housing & Residence Education, the Counseling & Wellness Center, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, GatorWell Health Promotion Services, the Career Resource Center, the Center for Leadership & Service, Student Activities & Involvement, the Dean of Students Office, the J. Wayne Reitz Union, Recreational Sports, the Machen Florida Opportunity Scholars Program, Student Legal Services, and Off Campus Life.

Prior to his arrival at the University of Florida, Dr. Parrott served as the Executive Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Chief of Staff at Texas A&M. Additionally, he taught in the Department of Educational Administration there. Dr. Parrott earned his doctorate at the University of Louisville in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Student Affairs Administration. His dissertation research focus was racial identity development. He holds an M.A. in College Student Personnel and a B.S. in Business Management from Western Kentucky University.

Dr. Parrott has taught higher education law at Western Kentucky University, Western Michigan University, and Bowling Green State University, and Texas A&M University to both Student Affairs Master’s and Higher Education Administration Doctoral students. Dr. Parrott has also consulted extensively in the areas of race relations, conflict management, legal issues, and student conduct policies and processes.

He is married to Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott, and they have two sons, Jackson (10) and Jason (8). Dr. Parrott enjoys coaching, being a sports spectator, speaking to groups, fishing, shooting target pistols, tinkering with old Jeeps, and doing small projects in his garage.

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