For immediate release: June 6, 2008
Contact: Christopher Falkenhagen
Communications: (410) 260-4511
Experienced financial aid official joins MHEC staff as director
(Annapolis, MD) June 6, 2008 – Robert L. Parker, who has vast
experience in financial aid at several community colleges since
1980, has joined the Maryland Higher Education Commission’s
Office of Student Financial Assistance as its director.
Mr. Parker comes to MHEC after most recently serving as Director
of Financial Aid at Baltimore City Community College. He has
held similar positions at various community colleges in Virginia
and Washington State.
In his previous positions, Mr. Parker’s duties included
administering the colleges’ various scholarship programs and
managing all aspects of their financial aid offices, including
the development of policies and procedures, and serving on
committees which addressed campus-related issues, such as
scholarship programs, personnel, faculty advancement and
instructional programs. He also worked closely on veteran’s
affairs issues as they related to higher education..
“Robert brings a great deal of experience to MHEC,” Higher
Education Secretary James E. Lyons, Sr., said. “One of MHEC’s
chief responsibilities is administering nearly $110 million in
scholarships and grants that the O’Malley/Brown administration
has budgeted for the 2008-2009 academic year, allowing students
to seek their dream of a postsecondary education. I am confident
that Robert is ready to hit the ground running.”
Mr. Parker earned an MBA from James Madison University and a BS
in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth
University, where he graduated with honors.
“I am honored to work with Secretary Lyons and the MHEC team,”
Mr. Parker said. “This is a challenge I am excited to take on.”
Mr. Parker said one of the most exciting projects he worked on
in the past was the conversion from a legacy financial aid
system to an integrated student information system. MHEC’s
Office of Student Financial Assistance is currently undergoing a
major renovation of its own financial aid system. In his new
position, Mr. Parker will work on policy-related issues and will
oversee the awarding of the State’s 22 financial aid programs.
Mr. Parker will supervise a staff of 20.
The Maryland Higher Education Commission is a 12-member
coordinating board responsible for establishing statewide
policies for Maryland public and independent colleges and
universities and private career schools. MHEC awards nearly $110
million in grants and scholarships to approximately 58,000