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Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Holland Hall 2nd Floor
Office Phone: 803-321-5263
Ph.D. University of Florida, 2001
M.S. University of Florida, 1997
B.S. Furman University, 1995
Sidney Parrish, Jr. is responsible for leading the development, implementation and assessment of Newberry’s strategic plan, working cross-departmentally to identify opportunities for expansion and growth that are aligned with the College’s mission. He also leads the College's efforts to collect and assess information from a variety of sources to support data-driven decision making. Although his role is primarily administrative, Parrish teaches courses and seminars in the Chemistry department where he bagan his Newberry College tenure.
Parrish has 17 years of experience in higher education. He began his teaching career as assistant professor of Chemistry at Midland Lutheran College (2000-2005) in Fremont, Neb., moving to a position of the same rank at North Carolina Wesleyan College (2005-2006) in Rocky Mount, S.C.
Parrish joined Newberry College in 2006 as assistant professor of Chemistry and was advanced in rank to associate professor in 2008. He played a pivotal role in the development of the College’s Forensic Chemistry program and attracted more than $650,000 in instrumentation, grants and donations for the startup program.
In 2012, Parrish moved to the administrative arm of the institution to serve as associate director of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment and a member of the president’s senior leadership team. During that time, he successfully led the College’s 2012 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation effort. He was appointed Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives effective Jan. 13, 2017.
Parrish earned both his Ph.D. and master of science degrees in Physical Chemistry from the University of Florida, and received his bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Furman University.