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 and the Women Leaders in College Sports Board of Directors. She was named chair of the NCAA Division II Management Council in 2018. Parker has also been selected to serve on the NCAA Legislation Committee and the interpretations sub-committee. Parker began service on the NACDA Executive Committee in the Summer of 2015. Parker served as the Secretary for Women Leaders in College Sports from 2016-2017, and as the Treasurer during the 2017-2018 academic year.
Parker currently serves as President of the Division II Athletic Director’s Association (ADA) and has been an active member of the board since 2011.
Parker’s efforts were recognized by her peers in 2013 and 2017 as she was named Under Armour Division II Athletics Director of the Year.
Since Parker began leading the department, Rollins has won three NCAA Division II National Championships, 22 Sunshine State Conference titles, 13 SSC Tournaments and five SSC Mayor’s Cup All-Sport trophies.
Under Parker’s leadership, seven student-athletes have been named Rollins class Valedictorians.
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 2016 for the fifth straight season. The Tars Academic Success Rate has led the Sunshine State Conference since the NCAA began calculating ASR in 2006. For the past 33 consecutive semesters, Rollins student-athletes have posted a combined GPA above 3.0, including a 3.4 GPA in the Fall '17 term.
"It is a privilege to be part of the Rollins family," said Parker. "I look forward to serving the student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff, and continuing to enhance the tradition of academic and athletic success at the College."
In 2007, Parker was tasked with building two varsity programs from the ground up and had both men's and women's lacrosse programs playing NCAA Division II competition by the 2008 season. The Tars women have become a national powerhouse since, reaching the national semifinals in 2012 and 2013.
Parker has also spearheaded the department's technology advancements, including streaming HD video, social media and mobile apps. She oversaw the transition of the end-of-season banquet into the Tommy Awards, an ESPY-style event that celebrates Rollins student-athletes.
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. Her daughter Alli '13 and son-in-law, Andrew, reside in Colorado.