Meet the Vice President

Dr. David w. parrott

Vice President for Student Affairs


Dr. David W. Parrott is the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida, where 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 University. 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 was the Associate Dean of Students and later the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Western Michigan University.  Before arriving at Western Michigan University, he served in a number of capacities at Western Kentucky University including assistant hall director, hall director, assistant director of housing, director of residence life, assistant to the vice president, and assistant dean of student life.

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 has served on the faculty for the Gehring Academy, the national training academy for student conduct officials, and for the Student Organization Institute, the national training institute for those who supervise or train advisors of student organizations.     

Dr. Parrott has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) (formerly ASJA) in the following capacities: Director at large, President-elect, President, and immediate past President.  Currently, he also serves as Chairperson for the ASCA Foundation.  Additionally, he is active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and has presented numerous times at both NASPA and ASCA. Dr. Parrott is a charter member of ASCA, an honorary member of the Golden Key Honor Society, and was awarded Life Membership in Delta Sigma Pi - the International Business Fraternity.  He is the 2013 recipient of ASCA’s highest honor, the Donald D. Gehring Award that is given in recognition of sustained exceptional individual contributions to the field of student conduct administration. Also, Dr. Parrott was recognized by the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) with the 2013 President’s Award.  

Dr. Parrott is married to Dr. Kelli Peck Parrott, and they have two sons, Jackson (12) and Jason (11).  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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