Michael Parker

Chester, VA

Distance education provided him the opportunity to reach his goal of obtaining a Master's Degree

Michael Parker always desired to pursue his graduate degree. Shortly after the birth of his twin sons, he set out to realize his personal goal. He matriculated at Ellis University (initially Ellis College of NYIT) and graduated with a Master of Science in Human Resource Management specializing in Labor Relations.

Mike graduated with a 4.0 GPA and his program provided an academic context to his profession of more than fifteen years. While he worked on his distance education degree, Mike was assigned to three different locations: Heidelberg, Germany, Tobyhanna, PA, and Fort Lee, VA. Since his graduation, Mike has continued to excel professionally and engage in a host of volunteer and community service activities. He is especially proud of his volunteer work with his fraternity—Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Mike serves as the Chairperson of his local chapter's nationally acclaimed mentoring program (The Male Protégé Program) for teenage males in Petersburg, VA and the surrounding area. He is also active in all of the chapter's social action community-related projects such as preparing food baskets during the holiday season and raising funds for scholarships for deserving high school seniors. As a Human Resources Officer for the Department of the Army, Mike oversees the Civilian Personnel program of an organization of over 1400 employees, developing policy and ensuring personnel readiness.

His expertise in the field of HR has resulted in his knowledge and skills being sought after by numerous General Officers, Senior Executives, and key leaders throughout the organization and across the country. He has negotiated collective bargaining agreements, oversaw the downsizing of workforce personnel without involuntary separations, and assisted with the transition of organizations under Base Realignment and Closure initiatives. He is married to his wife Tami and has twin sons, Gavin and Corey.

"Ellis University sets the standard for distance learning education. The emphasis the administration and staff place on providing quality education is equaled only by the value they place on developing relationships and care for their students."