Pennie Parker is in her sixth year as the Director of Athletics at Rollins College. She is charged with maintaining the department's stellar reputation both athletically and academically, while continuing to grow its national brand.
Under Parker's leadership, Rollins Athletics continues to excel both in the field of play and classroom. The 2011-12 sports season saw both women's basketball and women's lacrosse reach the NCAA Division II semifinals with women's basketball and men's soccer each winning Sunshine State Conference titles. Men's tennis player Lucas Jovita became the first Tar to win the USTA/ITA Small College National Championship and compete at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Championship. A total of 33 student-athletes were named All-Sunshine State Conference with seven earning SSC Player of the Year honors and 14 reaching All-America status.
Academically, Rollins student-athletes posted their 22nd consecutive semester with above a 3.0 GPA and achieved a 95 percent academic success rate. Rollins boasted 22 Academic All-Americans, eight National Scholar teams and its first NCAA Postgraduate Scholar.
"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. Parker has also spearheaded the department's technology advancements, including streaming HD video, social media and mobile apps.
Parker currently serves on the Division II ADA Board of Directors 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 in her senior year at Rollins.