Dr. Rodney Parks


Registrar, Director of Summer College, Assistant Vice President at Elon University

Dr. Parks is the University Registrar, Director of Elon’s Summer College and Assistant Vice President at Elon University where he has served since 2013. Dr. Parks also serves as an Assistant Professor of Health and Wellness, teaching two to three courses per year, including a core capstone. Parks earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia.
Since joining Elon, Dr. Parks has been a prolific author, publishing more than 80 articles and book chapters. Some of his work appears in current AACRAO book publications including: Helping Veterans Succeed: A Resource for Higher Education Administrators, Academic record Transcript Guide, The Displaced Student, Mentorship in Higher Education: Practical Advice and Leadership Theories and College Admissions: Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Student Body. Dr. Parks is also well known in higher education for his work to expand the academic record. In 2015, he led Elon’s initiative to turn Elon’s co-curricular transcript into visual infographics, better illustrating a picture of the comprehensive 4-year student experience. As a result of his early work to expand student records, Elon was part of the AACRAO/NASPA grant sponsored by the Lumina Foundation.
As the director or Elon’s Summer College, Dr. Parks has used data driven marketing strategies to increase Elon’s summer revenue from 1.8 million to over 6.2 million in the last five years. This accomplishment is particular noteworthy, given decreases in summer revenue nationally. Course efficiencies during Elon Summer College routinely hit the 90th percentile.