Pictured is Dr. Barbara Parker, President of Haywood Community College. She has lived her life believing that “education changes everything” and has dedicated 38 years to a successful career in public education in Western North Carolina. She will retire effective December 31. As a result, the HCC Foundation board of directors has established the Dr. Barbara and Greg Parker Endowment in her honor.  

For over 50 years, Haywood Community College has provided our community with high-quality education, as well as workforce training and lifelong learning to students from all walks of life. Many of our students face the challenges of juggling work and family responsibilities while attending classes. All share the goal of assuring a brighter future through education.  

Dr. Barbara Parker, President of Haywood Community College, has lived her life believing that “education changes everything” and has dedicated 38 years to a successful career in public education in Western North Carolina. For the past six years, Parker has served as president of Haywood Community College.  She will retire effective December 31, 2019.  

To extend her outstanding legacy into the College’s future, the Haywood Community College Foundation board of directors has established an endowment in Dr. Parker’s honor. Through this sustainable funding source, her life-long commitment to education will benefit HCC students for generations to come.

It is the intent of Dr. Barbara and Greg Parker that the earnings of the endowment be used to directly impact students with specialized circumstances. The Parkers’ entrust the leadership of the College to determine gaps where funding from this endowment will benefit students and assist them in overcoming special situations including but not limited to mental and physical health, as well as accommodation needs of students with permanent disabilities. Examples of support for the completion of these student’s educational goals include classroom instruction, interpreters and software purchases.  

Under Dr. Parker’s leadership, over $1.5 million has been awarded in scholarships, more than $100,000 raised for equipment purchases and funding has been provided for two career coaches in our local high schools.  New buildings and programs have been added to campus during her tenure.

To become a part of Dr. Parker’s legacy at HCC, donations can be made to the endowment through the College’s Foundation. This endowment will sustain her belief that “education changes everything,” provide opportunity for all who wish to learn and continue to make education a reality for HCC students. For more information about this endowment or how to donate, please call 828-627-4544 or email pahardin@haywood.edu.