COLUMBIA — Tim Parshall, a graduate of MU and an employee there since 1987, begins his role as director of the Fellowships Office Sept. 1.
Parshall, now associate director of the Assessment Resource Center, succeeds Vicki Riback Wilson, who held the position since 2005 when the office was founded.
The Fellowships Office assists students in applying for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and fellowships and helps them find opportunities to fund further study.
Parshall looks forward to again working directly with students. While he served as assistant director for research and educational service, Parshall taught "Learning Strategies for the College Student." In 2007, he took over as associate director of the Assessment Resource Center and had little contact with students.
The director of the Fellowships Office, part time under Riback Wilson, will turn into a full-time position when Parshall takes over.
"Vicki did a terrific job at getting things going," he said. "I hope to be able to expand on her success.”
Parshall wants to increase the visibility of the program so more students can compete for scholarships and grants.
Parshall, who is from St. Louis, got his master's degree in English from MU in 1976.
“My wife and I love the town — we’ve both been a part of it since the 1970s," said Parshall, whose wife, Lynn Parshall, works at the Truman Veterans Hospital. "It’s a great town and great university to work for.”