Parker, Rob_newRobert J. Parker Jr. is senior associate dean for development in the College of Arts and Sciences and executive director of the Arts and Sciences Foundation.

Before returning to UNC-Chapel Hill in October 2014, Parker was vice president for college advancement at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., a position he had held since 2009. At Agnes Scott, he planned, organized and executed the school’s largest fundraising effort to date — The Greatness Before Us campaign, which has raised more than $87 million toward its $100 million goal. Under his leadership, the school increased its fundraising 164 percent over FY07 levels.

Parker was part of Carolina’s development team from 2000 to 2009, his last position as director of capital gifts at the Arts and Sciences Foundation. He provided strategic leadership for major gift activity for the Carolina First campaign, in which the College surpassed its $350 million campaign goal by more than $30 million. Before joining the foundation, Parker served as director of major gifts for the Kenan-Flagler Business School and as a regional major gifts officer in University Development.

Parker began his career in development at the University of Chicago, which is where he earned an M.A. in religious studies (1989) and a doctorate in theology (1997). He has a B.A. in history from Baylor University.

Parker is married to Beth Taylor and they have two daughters: Larkin and Sallie.

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