Ursinus Appoints Vice President for Finance and Administration

Annette Smith Parker has been appointed Ursinus College’s vice president for finance and administration. She had been serving in the same position in an interim role since Aug. 1.

Parker took over as the college’s interim chief financial strategist and manager after former vice president for finance and administration Jon Ivec retired in July.

“Annette has provided invaluable leadership in helping to advance the mission of the college and brings a forward-thinking attitude and a vision of the liberal arts that inspires confidence and optimism,” Ursinus College President Brock Blomberg says. “She is an expert financial strategist and manager and I am overjoyed to continue to work with her.”

Parker came to Ursinus from Cape Henry Collegiate, a highly regarded independent day school in Virginia Beach, Va., where she served as chief financial and operating officer and oversaw finance, facilities, investments and a broad portfolio of administrative responsibilities.

Prior to that, she was vice president for finance and administration at Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Petersburg, Va.

A Dickinson College graduate, Parker spent most of her career at Dickinson, including 12 years as vice president and treasurer/chief financial officer and treasurer of Dickinson’s Board of Trustees.

“Since I was a student at Dickinson, I have viewed Ursinus as a top tier national liberal arts contender,” Parker says. “Securing the college’s long term financial well-being in this increasingly competitive marketplace will take the combined talents and passion of all the members of our community — the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. I am honored to be part of this effort.”

Parker also managed Causeway Consulting LLC, focusing on developing institutional financial sustainability and on guiding nonprofit boards through the process of assessing outsourced investment solutions.

In her role at Ursinus, Parker oversees the business office, facilities, environmental health and safety and human resources and manages outsourced programs.

Parker received her bachelor’s degree in fine arts and art history from Dickinson College and her MBA in accounting from Shippensburg University. –by Ed Moorhouse