Retiring President of Delaware County Community College Recognized for 40 Years of Service


Since Delaware County Community College first opened its doors in 1967, with 300 students, Delaware County residents have been afforded the chance to pursue opportunities in higher education.

In 1977, Jerry Parker arrived in the county with a vision that community colleges should offer the same advantages and opportunities of highly-selective universities to a wider audience.

Four decades later, the college has grown significantly and now serves 27,000 students on the Marple campus and at various satellites, including a newer branch in Upper Darby Township.

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Delaware County Council recently recognized Dr. Parker on his four decades of service and his retirement, which becomes official on June 30.

Dr. Parker came to Delco from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he worked at Vassar College. He started at Delaware County Community College in 1977 as assistant to the vice president for administration.

As a result of Dr. Parker’s vision, the college was transformed into a modern, state-of-the-art institution that opened a STEM Center in 2010. The STEM Center is a facility that has modern classrooms and laboratories and offers hands-on learning in the latest technologies. It is also a green building with energy-efficient systems, recycled materials, and daylight harvesting.

Council also acknowledged Dr. Parker on his instrumental role in helping the college secure a $100,000 grant from Sunoco Logistics to help fund training programs for careers in the process control technology, which will help students secure jobs in manufacturing.

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