Darton College Alumnus, Anthony Parr, To Be Awarded Regents' Hall of Fame Alumni Award
The University System of Georgia Foundation Board of Trustees has selected Mr. Anthony Parr to be honored as a 2011 recipient of the Regents’ Hall of Fame Alumni Award. The award presentation will take place at the Regents’ Awards for Excellence in Education celebration on March 26, 2011 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
Darton College would like to thank the University System of Georgia's Board of Trustees for recognizing Mr. Parr as a person of honor, courage, and commitment throughout his career as a Navy Commander, a businessman, as a respected consultant for military and economic affairs on both a national and international scale, and as a professor.
Mr. Parr was born and raised in Albany, Georgia. He attended Darton College, then known as Albany Junior College, in its infancy and graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 1975. He also attended the University of Georgia, and graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. Mr. Parr always recognized the importance of education and continuously sought to reach his educational goals throughout his military career. He attended Georgia Southwestern State University, Gloucester County College in Sewell, New Jersey, and Mississippi Gulf Coast College in Gulfport. He also received a Certificate of Provisioning Management from Air University at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, and is a graduate of the U.S. Navy Supply Corps Officers School.
Upon graduation, Mr. Parr enlisted in the US Navy and served until 1996 at various commands encompassing increasing levels of responsibilities and accountabilities, both ashore and afloat. His background includes providing logistical support in all operational environments: as a Naval Supply Corps Officer, in the operation of Navy Exchanges and Commissary stores, New Ships Construction & Repair in which he oversaw a $4.1 billion budget, Submarine support management, and supply management support for operations in the European Theatre. In 1996, Mr. Parr retired as the Commander of the Supply Corps of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
His family is well-respected in the Albany community as well, owning Parr Realty, a long-standing real estate business, where Mr. Parr has been involved in the sales, appraisal, and maintenance of commercial and residential real estate.
Mr. Parr has strong ties to his heritage and considers Ireland his other home. His pride for his Irish heritage has led him to cultivate and extend his influence on an international level. From 1998 to the present, he has been a confidante to the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, has given numerous speeches on her behalf, and currently serves as a research consultant to The Irish Trade Organization of the Republic of Ireland. This appointment has allowed him to significantly aid the United States in economic development through the creation of several military economic zones.
He has been an influential consultant and has played a pivotal role in the development of the North Carolina Military Economic Zone. By 2013, Fort Bragg will be the new headquarters for U.S. Army Forces Command and the U.S. Army Reserve Command. Between 2006 and 2013, there will be an additional $2.4 billion in construction at the base, leading to an estimated increase in employment of 8,112 consisting of new troops, new civilian employees, and new private contractors. In the eastern part of the state, the Marine Corps plans to add an additional 11,477 Marines, Navy and civilian workers at Camp Lejeune and associated air stations by 2012, as well as the completion of $3.8 billion in military construction. This equates to a substantial impact to North Carolina’s economy by 2013: a $2.85 billion increase in Gross Domestic Product, statewide employment growth of approximately 49,260 jobs, and a more than $1.93 billion increase in real disposable personal income.
He has served as the lead consultant for the Military Base in San Antonio, Texas. Actually a consortium of all of the bases located in San Antonio, it provides an economic structure through which the various branches of the military can utilize each other’s resources, thus creating a more stabilized and advantageous economic zone. The creation of this zone has led to the establishment of approximately 80,000 new jobs.
Mr. Parr continues to consult for Air Force bases at Tyndall, Eglin, Robins, Moody, and Dobbins, as well as Fort Benning in an effort to build and strengthen the military economic zones that surround them.
It was only a few years ago that Mr. Parr decided to return to college to seek a Master’s degree in Education with a special concentration in math and science. He graduated from Albany State University in 2006. He is currently a professor of mathematics at Darton College, where he has recently been appointed to teach advanced placement courses. His daughter, Sydney, is a first year nursing student at Darton who is in the top 5 percent of her class. His son, Gavin, will begin classes at Darton in mid 2011.
Mr. Parr’s awards and commendations include: