Dr. Christopher J. Parker currently serves as the Vice President of Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Prior to Pfeiffer, Parker has over a decade of experience as a junior college athletic director and region director/commissioner and will use the experiences in these areas as his primary area of focus with ASC.
Before joining the ranks of the junior college sector, Dr. Parker served as an assistant baseball coach at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA while earning a Master's degree in Sports Leadership. His playing career began at Hampden-Sydney College before migrating to Virginia Tech, while having the opportunity to compete for NC in the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas on two occasions, helping the Rock City Red Sox to an 11th place finish out of 50 teams. He still serves as an associate MLB scout for the Atlanta Braves and previously with the Boston Red Sox.
In 2006, Dr. Parker was hired to lead the first ever community college in Virginia to compete at the NJCAA level. He took over as the first ever Athletic Director and baseball coach building a complete comprehensive athletic program. He was personally responsible for fundraising over $2 million for intercollegiate athletics at PHCC to renovate and construct facilities and daily operational needs. In addition, Parker served as the assistant director and director for Region 10 of the NJCAA for seven years, which is the largest Region member in the country. His leadership helped the Commonwealth of Virginia add another eight NJCAA official members over a six-year period and was asked by the system's office to lead a state wide committee. Her served as a consultant to help five of these institutions begin and establish their programs. In addition, Parker served as Dean of General Academics, Vice President, and Executive Director at PHCC before departing for Pfeiffer in January of 2016.
Dr. Parker has taught sports management courses for four different colleges/universities over the past 11 years and completed his dissertation on the "financial effects of changing NCAA athletic conferences."
In 2010, Dr. Parker was recognized for his leadership as he was named the Under Armour NACDA Junior College Athletic Director of the Year. Over the ten years, Patrick Henry Community College was the host to 10 region and district championships in 7 different sports and was capped off by being the host of the 2015 NJCAA Division 1 National Championship which has been nominated as the top 5 national championships of all sports for 2015 by Sports Travel Magazine. Upon Parker's departure, PHCC had won 9 regional championships, seen 11 student-athletes named to the All-American list, and seen 8 of its 12 sports earn top 25 national rankings. In addition, the 2009 PHCC women's basketball team is the only team in the country to lose one game in their inaugural season, which was the national championship game. The college recently named the championship showcase in his honor and elected him to the athletic Hall of Fame that he created in 2007 to begin an organized award structure.