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Lieutenant General (Ret) Garry L. Parks, BS, MA, MA (NSSS), MSM, BSM (V), LM, DSSM, DSM


Lieutenant General (Ret) Garry L. Parks, BS, MA, MA (NSSS), MSM, BSM (V), LM, DSSM, DSM, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret) – Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College – Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – http://newwestminstercollege.ca

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: Lieutenant General (Ret) Garry L. Parks, BS, MA, MA (NSSS), MSM, BSM (V), LM, DSSM, DSM

Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks is a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from The Citadel, where he is a Distinguished Citadel Alumni, a Master of Arts degree in Education from Pepperdine University, a Master of Arts degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, and he graduated from the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College with Honours.

General Parks has also completed the following postgraduate executive leadership programs: Executive Program in National and  International Security (Senior Officials in National Security), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; Directors’ Institute, The Citadel; Executive Business Course, U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School; and the National Security Leaders Course, Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University.

General Parks has a distinguished record of ethical leadership. He is a retired Lieutenant General of the U.S. Marine Corps and his professional experience includes the following leadership positions:

  • 2011-Present: Chairman, Board of Directors, Armed Forces Insurance, Leavenworth, Kansas
  • 2011-Present: Associate, Burdeshaw Associates Limited
  • 2010-Present: Member, Board of Advisors, Suntiva Executive Coaching
  • 2010-Present: Consultant, BCP International Limited
  • 2010-2012: Independent Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 2010-2011: Chief Executive Officer, Efficient Energy Advisors, LLC, Seabrook, South Carolina
  • 2004-2009: President and Chief Executive Officer, South Carolina Credit Union League and Affiliates, Irmo, South Carolina
  • 1995-2004: Served at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Quantico, Virginia and San Diego, California
  • 2001-2004: Deputy Commandant, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters, Quantico, Virginia
  • 1999-2001: Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Command, Quantico, Virginia
  • 1997-1998: Deputy Director, Joint Staff, Politico-Military Affairs for Global and Multilateral Issues and Western Hemisphere, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
  • 1995-1997: Commanding General, U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, California
  • Chief of Staff, U.S. Marine Forces Pacific, Fleet Marine Forces -Pacific
  • Commanding Officer, 9th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division
  • Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division

General Parks’ executive experience also includes service as Chairman, Director and Member of the following organizations:

  • Former: Manpower and Reserve Affairs Advisory Panel, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Department of the U.S. Navy
  • Former: Co-Chair, Task Force on Domestic Violence, U.S. Department of Defense
  • Former: Advisory Council, 2010 Medal of Honor Society Convention
  • Former: Chairman, Retirement Committee, Board of Directors, Navy Federal Credit Union
  • Former: Chairman, Military Affairs Committee, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Former: Chair, Military Enhancement Committee, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Chairman, Transitional Workforce Educational Assistance Collaborative, Beaufort Lowcountry Economic Alliance
  • Former: Board of Trustees, South Carolina Department of Education Financial Literacy
  • Former: Board of Directors, South Carolina Credit Union League and Affiliates
  • Former: Executive Committee, South Carolina Military Base Task Force
  • Former: Board of Managers, Palmetto Cooperative Services, LLC
  • Executive Advisory Council: Mission Readiness, Military Leaders for Kids

General Parks is a member in good standing of the following associations:

  • Lifetime Member: Marine Corps Association
  • Lifetime Member: The Citadel Alumni Foundation
  • Lifetime Member: Military Officers Association of America
  • Member: National Eagle Scout Association

General Parks’ honours and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with Combat “V”, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and the Marine Corps Commendation Medal. He has also been awarded numerous lesser service decorations, campaign medals and ribbons.

As a Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Lieutenant General Garry L. Parks is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.


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