Eastern State Florida College

Jack Parker


Company Name: Eastern Florida State College

Executive Title: Vice President, External Affairs

Education: Bachelor’s Degree, Public Administration, University of Central Florida; Associate’s Degree and Corrections Academy, Brevard Community College; Law Enforcement Academy and Firefighting Academy, Orlando.

Years in area: 41

Years at company: 3

Jack Parker has dedicated his life to public service.  He was Brevard County’s Public Safety Director for eight years, including 2004 during which three hurricanes struck the Space Coast within a six week period.  He then served two-terms as Brevard County Sheriff, during which he became known as one of the top law enforcement officials in Florida before leaving office in 2013.

Parker has taken his passion to help others to Eastern Florida State College, where he is directing a wide range of programs and major new initiatives as Vice President for External Affairs.

“Education is perhaps the single most important thing a person can do to improve their lives,” says Parker. “It opens doors to better careers, better incomes and making people better citizens.

“That’s why our work at the college is so important and why I’m fortunate to work with such an outstanding team of educators.”

Parker joined Eastern Florida in 2013 as an Associate Vice President overseeing the college’s Public Safety Institute and improving its public safety and criminal justice programs.  He also strengthened campus security and launched a new state-of-the art Fire Training Center.  He was promoted to Vice President earlier this year with new responsibilities that include serving as the college’s governmental liaison with the Florida Legislature, Brevard County government and Space Coast cities.

“Jack’s accomplishments are impressive and show the strong leadership he brings to Eastern Florida every day,” said college President Dr. Jim Richey.

“He has played a central role in the college’s rapid growth and is now playing an even bigger part in a number of important new initiatives that will benefit our students and community.”