Robert Parilla

Robert Parilla has been assisting the higher education community with searches for presidents and vice presidents since 1999.  He has successfully completed searches from Alaska to Florida.  Dr. Parilla has assisted institutions experiencing difficult changes in leadership as well as institutions that are making smooth transitions in leadership.   He has consulted with college boards and CEO’s on strategic planning and with reviewing board/CEO roles and relationships.  Dr. Parilla is particularly skilled in consensus building.

Dr. Parilla is President Emeritus of Montgomery College in Maryland, where he served as president from 1979 to 1999.  Prior to his presidency, he held faculty and various administrative positions at Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio.  He has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Maryland College Park Department of Educational Policy, Planning and Administration. 

Dr. Parilla has served on a number of boards and commissions, among them the Education Directorate of the National Science Foundation, the Commission on Higher Education for the Middle States Association, the Middle States Association Board, the Maryland High Technology Council, the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation, the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, the Rockville Arts Council, and Leadership Montgomery.  He has both chaired and served on institutional re-accreditation teams.

Recognized by Washingtonian Magazine as a “Washingtonian of the Year” in 1996, Dr. Parilla became known for his work in building college-community relations and for enhancing professional relations within the institution and community.  In 1997, he was a visiting scholar at Homerton College of the University of Cambridge in England. Other awards include: CEO of the Year of the Northeast region of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the Educator Achievement Award of the National Science Foundation, the Isaac Beckes Award of the National League of Nursing, and one of the University of Texas’s 50 Transformational Leaders in American Community Colleges.

Dr. Parilla received a Bachelor of Science in chemistry and education from Kent State University, a Master’s degree in chemistry from the University of New Hampshire, and a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University.  He did additional work at UCLA and Brown University.  He resides in Gaithersburg, Maryland.


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