Annette Smith Parker was appointed Ursinus College’s Vice President for Finance and Administration on December 14, 2016. She had been serving in the same position in an interim role since August 1, 2016. She oversees the Business Office, Facilities, Environmental Health and Safety, and Human Resources and manages outsourced programs.
A summa cum laude 1973 graduate of Dickinson College with a degree in Fine Arts and Art History, Annette returned to Dickinson in 1988 as Assistant Treasurer and, in March 1992, became Associate VP/Comptroller, before stepping up as VP/Treasurer in fall 1998. She received her MBA in accounting from Shippensburg University and served on the business and economics faculty at Wilson College after progressively responsible financial positions in state and local government.
During Annette’s tenure as Dickinson’s CFO, the College’s bond rating improved three steps from BBB+ to A+, the highest rating in the College’s 225 year history, and the investment portfolio consistently produced top quartile returns, including rankings in the top seven percent of colleges and universities nationwide between 2006 and 2010. She retired from Dickinson College as CFO on December 31, 2010. Since then she has managed Causeway Consulting LLC, particularly focusing on developing institutional financial sustainability and on guiding non-profit boards through the process of assessing outsourced investment solutions. She served as chief financial and operating officer at Cape Henry Collegiate, a nationally ranked independent day school in Virginia Beach, VA, where she oversaw finance, facilities, HR, investments and a broad portfolio of administrative responsibilities, and as VP for Finance and Administration at Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Petersburg, VA.
- Dickinson College, BA in Fine Arts and Art History
- Shippensburg University, MBA in Accounting