Charlotte Parks, inaugural vice chancellor for development at the University of Mississippi

Charlotte Parks, former senior associate vice president for development at the University of South Carolina, will become the inaugural vice chancellor for development at the University of Mississippi on Sept. 1.

The position was created to meet fund-raising goals established by Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter in November 2016.

“Philanthropic support from our alumni and friends is the key factor in achieving and maintaining our success as a flagship university,” said Vitter.

“Charlotte Parks is an innovative and experienced development executive who brings a fresh perspective to this tremendously important and newly created position,” he said in a news release.

As a direct report to Vitter, Parks will lead development officers on the Oxford campus, in athletics and at the Medical Center in Jackson. Private support for the university has exceeded $100 million in each of the past five years, and Parks hopes to continue to advance that unprecedented support in her new role.

“It is exciting to see the incredible support from alumni and friends,” Parks said. “We will build on that generosity to help fund the university’s aspirations to become an even greater public international research university and to ensure that every qualified student admitted can enroll and gain an exceptional education.

“The support is also important for providing superb health care to Mississippians and taking care of those far beyond Mississippi.”

Before joining the University of South Carolina, Parks directed a $300 million comprehensive campaign for Georgia State University and led all fund-raising efforts for the university’s Robinson College of Business. Earlier in her career, she served as vice president for resource development at Roanoke College and associate dean for external affairs in the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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Ashley F. G. Norwood, a native of Jackson, earned a bachelor's degree in English from Jackson State University and a master’s degree from the Meek School of Journalism at the University of Mississippi. Norwood, who specializes in multimedia journalism, has been recognized nationally for her documentary film the fly in the buttermilk, which covers the history, perceptions and principles of black Greek-lettered organizations at the University of Mississippi.

One reply on “Ole Miss selects first vice chancellor for development”

  1. Mr. Vitter……please, just stop. Just stop with the “flagship” stuff. That is so old, and quite untrue. Old Miss has become a canker on the state with the level of corruption it churns out. Everybody is talking about it…… even many revered alumni. That’s why you’re having to spend money on this new position to get more money out of them right? Your financial “development” stinks because your product stinks. Now you have a professionally shameless person to make the “ask” on a full-time basis to any/everyone she meets, because she has no personal connection to this region or the university. Sigh.

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