Dr. Roger Parrott has served 15 years as President of Belhaven University (formerly Belhaven College). He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Higher Education Administration. Dr. Parrott is a third-generation College president, and was one of America’s youngest college presidents first elected at age 34. He serves on several boards, and was Chair of the 2004 Forum for World Evangelization hosted by the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. His wife, MaryLou, earned her PhD in English. They have two home-schooled children.E-Mail Dr. Parrott at president@belhaven.edu.

Read an interview with Dr. Parrott in the Clarion-Ledger Newspaper (Jackson, MS) giving thoughts on past experiences, the importance of Christian higher education, and the distinctives of Belhaven University.

His background, training, and service include the following:


Ph.D. University of Maryland, 1979
Major: Higher Education Administration
Minor: Business Administration
Dissertation: A Comparison of Faculty Members’ Reported Professional Activities, and the Work Load Desires of College Presidents for Faculty Members in Five Liberal Arts Colleges of the Church of the Nazarene
M. Ed. University of Maryland, 1978
Major: Education Administration
Thesis: The Educational, Financial, and Social Costs and Benefits of Adult Education within the Structure of the University, Four-year College, and Junior College
B.A. Eastern Nazarene College, 1976
Major: Psychology


Belhaven University President of the College 1995 – present
Jackson, Mississippi
Sterling College President of the College 1989 – 1995
Sterling, Kansas
Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization United States Director 1986-1989
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mid-America Nazarene College Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the MANC Foundation 1980-1986
Olathe, Kansas
Church of the Nazarene Pastor 1973-1980

Current Board Service

Past Board Service