MISSOURI VALLEY COLLEGE (November 17, 2022) – The Board of Trustees of Missouri Valley College announced that Ph.D. Joseph Parisi will be the next president of the college.
Missouri Valley College hired the Association of Governing Boards (AGB) search firm, which specializes in services specifically for higher education institutions and foundations, to facilitate the search for Missouri Valley College’s 14th President.
Parisi visited the Missouri Valley campus in early November and participated in staff and student forums, as well as a community reception and luncheon for student leaders. Two other finalists also visited the campus for similar events in early November. The Missouri Valley Board of Trustees elected Parisi as the next president during a special session on Friday, November 11.
Parisi is currently the vice president of enrollment management and athletics at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. In this role, his responsibilities are financial and student growth management, educational policy, educational systems development and alignment, and strategy.
During his time at CMU, Parisi led rebranding efforts, the implementation of new strategic one-, three- and five-year enrollment plans and orchestrated the largest new student recruitment metrics in the college’s history. He was an active fundraiser at CMU and secured one of the largest athletics-related gifts in history.
Prior to Central Methodist, Parisi served in a variety of admissions and enrollment management roles, including 19 years as vice president of enrollment management at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. During this time, his responsibilities included management, policy, system alignment and strategy development for admissions, financial support and enrollment management. In addition, he oversaw the launch of new degree programs at Lindenwood, which contributed significantly to the growth of the institution’s enrollment.
At Lindenwood, Parisi developed and implemented a strategic enrollment management plan through program prioritization that resulted in the largest enrollment trends in the institution’s history, including an increase in applications, freshman enrollments and transfers, adult enrollments, online undergraduate enrollments; cumulative GPA, standardized test scores, and freshman retention. Other responsibilities included building and maintaining relationships with area high schools, community colleges and industries, and managing admissions, marketing, financial assistance, athletics, online programs and continuing education sites.
In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Parisi was an associate professor of management in the business department of Lindenwood University and chair of nonprofit administration. He also taught in the doctoral program “Education Leadership”. Parisi has served as the criteria chair for the Higher Learning Commission’s approval process and as the criteria chair on the Central Methodist HLC review team.
Parisi received his Bachelor of Science degree in Nonprofit Administration from Missouri Valley College in 1994. He earned his Masters of Science in Business Administration, Nonprofit Administration in 1996 and his Doctor of Education in Instructional Leadership in 2011, both from Lindenwood University.
“The name of the board is Dr. It is with excitement that I welcome Parisi to the Valley family,” said Susan Hoy, CEO of MVC. “Since graduating in 1994, he has acquired the skills and experience necessary to lead Valley to continued success, while also bringing a love of school and community that he developed in his early years here – a unique combination.”
“Becoming the president of my alma mater is both humbling and exciting,” Parisi said. “I look forward to returning to campus, engaging with the community and building relationships to create a bright future for our college. Our faculty, staff and trainers have done a great job and I can’t wait to work with them and our Board of Trustees.”
“DR. Parisi will begin his transitional duties as President-elect beginning January 2023,” Hoy said. “DR. After more than 20 years of distinguished service to Missouri Valley College, Bonnie Humphrey will remain President until her retirement on June 30, 2023. We look forward to celebrating their contributions over the coming months.”
“I am grateful for the opportunity to spend time with Dr. Humphrey,” Parisi said. “She did a great job running the institution.”