In addition to his role as associate dean for Global One Health, Parker serves as campus director for Global One Health at Texas A&M University. Parker holds joint appointments with the Bush School of Government & Public Service as director of the Pandemic and Biosecurity Policy Program within the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs and with Texas A&M AgriLife Research as strategic advisor for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases.
He is a member of several advisory boards, including the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Standing Committee on Health Threats and Workforce Resilience, Homeland Security Science and Technology Advisory Committee, and the Biodefense Blue Ribbon Panel.
Prior to his appointment to Texas A&M University, Parker held technical to executive leadership positions throughout thirty-six years of public service as a recognized defense and civilian interagency leader in biodefense, high-consequence emerging infectious diseases, global health security, and all-hazards public health and medical preparedness. This included coordinating federal medical and public health responses to hurricanes Katrina through Alex to the 2009 Pandemic and Haiti earthquake. Parker’s service includes more than twenty-six years on active duty leading medical research and development programs and organizations. He is a former commander and deputy commander, US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. Parker held senior executive level positions at the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD), including serving as the principal deputy assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, and deputy assistant secretary of defense for chemical and biological defense at DOD.
Parker received the Distinguished Executive Presidential Rank Award in 2009 and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Meritorious Civilian Service in 2013. He graduated from Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.