Pennie Parker /// Director of Athletics /// Rollins College (DII)
Since joining Rollins in 2002 and being named Director of Athletics in 2006, Pennie Parker has led the Tars in an era of unprecedented success. She is charged with maintaining the department's stellar reputation both athletically and academically, while adhering to the Rollins mission of producing global citizens and responsible leaders. In 2015, Parker was selected to serve on the NCAA Division II Management Council.
At the beginning of 2015, Parker began serving a four-year term as an at-large representative on the NCAA Management Council. She has also been selected to serve on the NCAA Legislation Committee and the interpretations sub-committee. Parker will begin service on the NACDA Executive Committee in the Summer of 2015.
Parker’s efforts were recognized by her peers in 2013 as she was named Under Armour Division II Athletics Director of the Year.
Parker has continued to grow the Athletics Department’s academic profile during her tenure. Rollins was honored with the Division II President’s Awards for Academic Excellence in 2014 for the third straight season. The Tars Academic Success Rate has led the Sunshine State Conference since the NCAA began calculating ASR in 2006. For the past 28 consecutive semesters, Rollins student-athletes have posted a combined GPA above 3.0, including a record 3.306 GPA in the Spring ’15 term. For just the second time in school history, every one of Rollins’ 22 sports posted GPAs above 3.0.
Parker currently serves as the Second Vice President of the Division II Athletic Director’s Association (ADA) and is on several acting committees in the Sunshine State Conference.
Parker is just the second woman to serve Rollins' Director of Athletics. She has been with the College since May 2002 and previously served as assistant athletic director and senior women's administrator. In her former capacity, she handled all compliance for the department while assisting with business operations and promotions. Parker also served as the advisor for Rollins' chapter of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She succeeded NACDA Hall of Fame Athletic Director Phil Roach on an interim basis and in January 2006 was permanently named to the position.
Prior to coming to Rollins, Parker served as the director of compliance at Florida State University, assistant athletic director for compliance at Jacksonville University and compliance assistant at her alma mater, the University of Georgia.
Parker is married to Don Parker, an engineer at NASA, and her daughter Alli is a 2013 graduate of Rollins.