Elon University / Today at Elon / University Registrar Rodney Parks honored with Outstanding Mentor Award by AACRAO

Parks has been college registrar since 2013, and in that point has revealed over 90 articles in increased training journals.

Parks encouraging a scholar throughout a workforce constructing train at the Elon low ropes course for his Wilderness and Adventure Therapy class.
Elon prides itself on making a “constellation of mentors” for its college students. One of the brightest stars in that constellation is University Registrar Rod Parks, who was awarded the Outstanding Mentor Award by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) at the group’s annual assembly.
As the college registrar in addition to the trainer for the Wilderness and Adventure Therapy course, throughout which he leads college students to Peru in the summertime and the highest of Mount Kilimanjaro within the winter, Parks stated he focuses on methods to all the time get the most effective out of individuals.
“Mentoring is a step above teaching the place you really are capable of empathize with the place that individual is at that second and assist information them to make selections that result in change in a constructive means,” Parks stated. “It’s about asking the precise questions however then permitting that individual to self-explore in a means that they arrive up with nice concepts to maneuver ahead.”
This shouldn’t be the primary recognition Parks has earned from the AACRAO, successful the Emerging Leader Award in 2015 two years after he joined Elon. Parks first joined the AACRAO in 2001 as he started his profession within the registrar’s workplace at the University of Georgia. Parks spent practically 12 years at UGA, ending his time there because the Senior Associate Registrar earlier than beginning at Elon in January 2013.
Since coming to Elon, he has revealed greater than 90 articles in increased training journals with a 3rd of these co-written with college students. Parks has additionally made positive to contain college students at the quite a few conferences he’s attended since being at Elon, permitting them to develop each professionally and personally.
University Registrar Rod Parks, proper, with Senior Assistant Registrar for Technology, Communications Alexander Taylor, left, and Jordan Binkowitz ’22, a analysis assistant with the Elon Registrar’s Office, at the AACRAO annual assembly.
“We’ve all the time performed job of having the ability to contain our college students in state, regional and nationwide conferences, and publishing articles to friends throughout the nation and world,” Parks stated.
Another function Parks holds is director of Elon Summer, the place he used data-driven advertising and marketing methods to extend participation in this system within the final 5 years, a big accomplishment given the nationwide development of decreases in related initiatives.
But it’s Elon’s dedication as an entire to relationship-based and experiential studying that retains Parks motivated. At Elon, mentors exit to develop deep relationships with college students that spans everything of their Elon careers and lengthy after they’ve graduated.
Being a beacon for therefore many college students, Parks commonly turns again to the mentors who helped him by difficult moments in his life. Knowing that he has his help system that he can fall again on offers him the inspiration to information college students on their journeys.
“All of us flip to our mentors at some level when issues get troublesome or we discover ourselves not having solutions to a few of life’s most challenges questions,” Parks stated. “That’s why I’m at Elon. Because we’ve an ideal group of individuals that basically work laborious to make a distinction within the lives of our college students.”


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