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Nancy L. Parsley, DPM, MHPE


Appointed provost in August 2019, Nancy L. Parsley, DPM, MHPE, oversees a broad range of areas across the university that pertain to academic offerings, quality and instruction. These include: academic and faculty affairs, institutional research, accreditation and assessment, academic planning and regulatory oversight, faculty development, and online learning and instructional design (OLID). Additionally, the areas of university partnerships, interprofessional education and simulation, diversity and inclusion, as well as university student affairs and enrollment management also report to the provost through the leadership of those specific areas. Dr. Parsley also oversees new academic program development and growth of existing programs across the university. Dr. Parsley previously served as vice president for academic affairs, a role she held until strategically combining academic and faculty affairs for more efficient integration of those areas under new leadership reporting directly to her.

As the former associate provost of interprofessional (IP) strategy, Dr. Parsley directed RFU’s DeWitt C. Baldwin Institute for Interprofessional Education and led a focus on educating future clinicians for coordinated, collaborative patient care. She continues to anticipate the needs of the evolving healthcare environment, including the need for interprofessional, team-based and patient-centered clinical rotations.

A tireless advocate for IP education and collaborative practice and a dedicated leader in the podiatric medical profession, Dr. Parsley has extensive experience in both policy development and higher education administration. She is the former director of health policy and practice for the American Podiatric Medical Association, where she previously served as policy and practice officer. She worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., and first gained policy and legislative experience as a congressional fellow working for the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health.

Dr. Parsley joined her alma mater in 2007 as associate dean of academic affairs. Named dean in 2011, she is also an associate professor in the Department of Podiatric Surgery and Applied Biomechanics. She has held leadership roles in the profession, serving as chair of the board of directors of the American Association of Colleges of Podiatric Medicine from 2015 to 2017 and vice chair for two years prior. She is a member of the American Podiatric Medical Association and Illinois Podiatric Medical Association.

She has served on numerous professional committees and is the recipient of many honors and awards, including Scholl College Alumnus of the Year and Presidential Honor in 2003; multiple inclusions on the Top 100 Most Influential Podiatrists list; and honorable mention for the annual Podiatry Management Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Parsley completed the Northern Virginia Podiatric Residency Program, which included post-graduate training in lower extremity limb salvage and reconstructive plastic surgery at the Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C. She earned a master’s degree in health professions education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.