Jay Parker

Jay Parker is an information technology professional with more than 20 years of experience. His career has included IT leadership positions at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and Mississippi State University, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in computer engineering. Outside of higher education, he has also worked at a Wall Street investment bank as a professional services consultant for Red Hat, one of the world’s leading open-source software companies. At eVersity, Jay is the middleman between staff and the technology companies that run the student records, email and online learning systems. He listens to the vision the other directors have for making college accessible and attainable in Arkansas and helps design the technical solutions that enable them to turn that vision into reality. On a daily basis, he’s a technology “jack of all trades,” helping the eVersity staff deal with the unique challenges of running a 100 percent-online university that is entirely cloud-hosted.

“My goal for our team is to make sure our students can focus on their education instead of the tools that deliver it. My favorite part of working in IT is helping people who think they’re ‘not technical’ understand how computers and networks work by coming up with creative ways to explain technology concepts simply.”