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Sally Parker, Chief of Staff

Sally Parker is chief of staff in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Government and Community Relations where she has responsibility for overseeing the division’s operations and for managing strategic projects requiring cross-team collaboration. She serves as a member of the vice chancellor’s core leadership team and works closely with other members of the university leadership to provide meaningful synergy for external community activities. She also serves as the vice chancellor’s liaison or representative in institutional initiatives and other university-wide projects as needed.

Prior to joining the Government and Community Relations Division, she was senior assistant provost in the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs where she worked for nearly seven years as the Provost’s primary strategic project manager overseeing the implementation of the Academic Strategic Plan. She also had responsibility for the administration of internal faculty funding programs and Provost office communications. In addition, she served as the Provost’s liaison on Academic Affairs capital projects.

Prior to joining the university, she worked at Hall Strategies, a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Nashville, Tennessee, where she managed client accounts in industries ranging from automotive manufacturing to the life sciences. Formerly based in Tampa, Florida, she worked in strategic communications for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she served as senior editor of the Africa Defense Forum, a three-language publication produced on behalf of the United States Africa Command. Her work in consulting and public affairs began in Washington D.C. where she worked for Odell Simms and Associates, an international economic development firm and DCI Group, a public affairs and grassroots lobbying firm.

Parker served as visiting professor at the University of South Florida in the Department of Government and International Affairs from 2009 – 2010. She earned her Ph.D. in political science from Florida State University and her bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Belmont University.