Board of Directors
As a collaborative, solutions-focused leader, Dr. Parker has 18 year of higher education experience. John joined San Diego City College in August of 2020 as the Vice President of Administrative Services. Prior to joining City College, he served as CFO at Rivier University, President of Brown Mackie College, and has worked in Managerial Finance for Warner Bros. and the Hertz Corporation.
John earned a doctorate in International Business from Argosy University, an MS in Accounting from Arizona State University and a BS in Business Administration from USC. As a first-generation college graduate and an adjunct accounting and finance instructor, John is dedicated to serving historically underserved students and the communities in which they live. As a life learner, education is one of John’s many passions; in addition to teaching, John also serves as a tutor, a mentor, and a financial literacy expert; he consults on financial stewardship, sustainable development and fiscal compliance.
John currently serves on the Board of the Jackie Robinson YMCA and the San Diego City College Foundation; he has previously served as Finance Committee Chair of the Boys and Girls club, and Board member of Putnam City Schools Foundation. In his leisure time, John is an avid chess player and former member of the U.S. Chess Federation. He enjoys basketball, fitness, reading, cooking, and traveling the world with his wife Gail.