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University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean Appoints New Assistant Dean for Office of Development

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Darren M. Parker
 Darren M. Parker

University of Maryland School of Medicine Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, has recently appointed Darren M. Parker, as Assistant Dean for the Office of Development. With this appointment, Mr. Parker fills the position vacated by the late Andrew B. Dunsmore, PhD, who passed away last December.

As Assistant Dean for the Office of Development, Mr. Parker will be responsible for providing direct management of the major gifts effort and assisting with the development of the strategic plan for the Office of Development.  Additionally, he will work to secure high-profile leadership gifts for the School of Medicine. The School recently announced the public launch of its $500M capital campaign, “Transforming Medicine Beyond Imagination,” reporting gifts of $342.6M as of May 31, 2013.

Mr. Parker has extensive history working in the field of development. He began working in development at King University in Bristol, Tennessee as a Chief Development Officer where he helped to advance several university fundraising priorities and cultivated numerous high-profile gifts for scholarships and campus construction projects. At King University, Mr. Parker was also instrumental in implementing programs that aided in the department’s fundraising efforts and helped streamlined the work completed by development officers. Through Mr. Parker’s numerous innovations while employed at King University, the school was able to surpass many established goals. Before coming to the University of Maryland, he was an Associate Director of Development for the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins University. 

Mr. Parker joined the University of Maryland School of Medicine in August 2010 as the Director of Development for the Department of Neurology. In this position, Mr. Parker helped to exceed recognized annual goals for fiscal year 2012 and created a stewardship program for individual and corporate donors to the Department of Neurology.

“Darren has done an excellent job during his tenure with the Department of Neurology to build a robust culture of philanthropy.  He has displayed great skill working with both faculty members and donors, and those talents will be invaluable as the School of Medicine continues to pursue ambitious campaign goals,” says Brian DeFilippis, Associate Dean for Development and Special Assistant to the Dean.

“Darren’s impressive experience working in the field of development has not gone unnoticed since he joined the University of Maryland,” says Dean Reece, who is also Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor at the School of Medicine. “I am confident that Darren will continue to advance the School’s relationship with stakeholders and further help advance the philanthropic efforts that will ensure the longevity of the School of Medicine and our groundbreaking research.”

Mr. Parker obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business with a concentration in business administration from King University. He has also obtained a certificate in fundraising management from The Fund Raising School in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he completed classes in principles and techniques of fundraising; interpersonal communication; and planned giving.

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