Tim Parshall Named Director of University of Missouri Fellowships Office

Parshall has been with MU’s Assessment Resource Center since 1987

By Josh Murray | Published on Aug. 24, 2011

Tim ParshallTim Parshall, who has worked with the MU Assessment Resource Center for the past 24 years, has been named the director of Fellowships at the University of Missouri. He will start in his new role on Sept. 1.

“I am excited to begin working closely with MU students as they explore their potential and compete with students from around the country for fellowships and scholarships,” Parshall said. “I have quite a bit to learn, so I’ve already begun my homework by reading samples of successful applications, reviewing reports and meeting with office staff members to plan for the coming year.”

Parshall earned a master’s degree in English literature from Missouri in 1976 after graduating from Colgate University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in English. He grew up in St. Louis, where he attended Kirkwood High School.

After earning his master’s degree from MU, Parshall spent several years as a teaching fellow and graduate instructor in the Mizzou Department of English before a two-year stint as an assistant editor at University of Missouri Press.

He handled public relations and fund-raising duties at Stephens College in Columbia for two years, before returning to Mizzou to join the staff at the Assessment Resource Center, first as a coordinator for educational assessment from 1987-1992, then as the assistant director for research and educational service from 1992-2007. Parshall has spent the last five years as the associate director of the Assessment Resource Center.

“It is very exciting to have Tim accept our Director of Fellowships position,” Jim Spain, vice provost for undergraduate studies, said. “Tim values the opportunity to work closely with students and that is extremely important in this position. He will be able to build a strong connection with our students and our faculty and will be a great asset to everyone on our campus.”

The Fellowships Office is the campus support system for students exploring opportunities to fund further study and apply for external, nationally-competitive scholarships, grants and fellowships.

Parshall replaces Vicky Riback Wilson, who retired at the end of July after six years as the director of the MU Fellowship Office. Riback Wilson had been the director since the office was founded in 2005.

“Vicky has done a great job of starting from scratch to get the office up and running and establishing relationships with students, faculty and staff,” Parshall said. “I look to build on Vicky’s success, to expand and deepen those relationships, and ultimately help MU’s talented students earn Fulbrights, Trumans and other awards, which highlight the quality of our student body and our University.”

Joining Parshall in the MU Fellowships Office are graduate assistant Shanetha Thomas, a master’s candidate in educational leadership and policy analysis, and Sarah Ekart, a senior strategic communications major who is her fourth year of working with the office.

“It was important for us to find the right individual to step in and continue to build on what is already a successful fellowships program,” Spain said. “I know Tim will add his own touch and take our Fellowships Office to new levels of success in mentoring out students as they prepare to compete for highly competitive fellowships.”

Parshall’s wife, Lynn, has earned three degrees from MU, including a master’s degree from the Sinclair School of Nursing. She works at the Harry S. Truman Veterans Memorial Hospital in Columbia. The Parshalls have one son, Josh, and a daughter, Jordan, who is a graduate student at Mizzou.