Stillman College is pleased to welcome Dr. Pam Parker, a veteran higher education administrator to the campus community. Dr. Parker will work as a consultant in the Division of Institutional Advancement, assisting in philanthropic giving efforts on behalf of the institution.
Pamela Hughey Parker, Ph.D., is an Alabama native born in 1958 who has made her home in Tuscaloosa for more than 40 years.
Earning three degrees from The University of Alabama, Pam Parker has achieved success as an innovative administrator, fundraising professional, and servant leader in our community. Her contributions continue to make a powerful impact on children, families, non-profit organizations, and fellow citizens in all walks of life.
During her 25-year tenure at UA, Pam rose through the ranks in the Office of
Advancement and was named Vice President of the division in 2007. In that capacity, she led the most successful capital fundraising campaign for that time and was recognized as the Alabama Fundraising Professional of the Year and recipient of The University of Alabama Distinguished Alumna Award as well as numerous other honors.
In addition to her service as a senior member of the UA President’s administrative team until her retirement in 2011, Pam continues to mentor and advise students, faculty, staff, alumni, and business leaders on wide-ranging issues. Her interests and expertise span the arts, literacy, leadership and social outreach programs, recreation, ministerial initiatives, and the ever-growing non-profit community. She played a key role as fundraising chair for the Tuscaloosa Bicentennial celebration.
As president, she led the Tuscaloosa Rotary Club, the Tuscaloosa Junior League, Theatre Tuscaloosa, the University Club and the Alabama Boychoir, also serving as a member or committee chair on dozens of diverse volunteer boards. She was selected as Tuscaloosa’s Citizen of the Year in 2019 and was named a Stillman College First Female Award recipient the same year. Her contributions of time and talent to the United Way of West Alabama and its member agencies are woven throughout her career.
One hallmark of Pam Parker’s legacy is her commitment to childhood literacy. She helped launch the innovative Book Buddies program, a volunteer-based tutorial initiative to enable children to read on grade level in the Tuscaloosa City and County Schools. Book Buddies, which has been rebranded as Reading Allies, is a model for the state, partnering young students with trained community volunteers who supplement classroom teaching with one-on-one reading instruction. Scores of participating children have achieved double-digit increases in reading skills and comprehension through this groundbreaking effort.
Pam Parker is married to Ed Parker and has two children and two grandchildren.