Lakeland, Florida- The University of South Florida Board of Trustees recently appointed Bonnie Parker to the USF Polytechnic Campus Board.
Parker serves as city president for SunTrust Bank and as a client advisor in private wealth management. A registered investment advisor, she holds an NASD Series 7 license. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in Finance from The Florida State University, where she also played piccolo in the Marching Chiefs.
“I am very pleased with this appointment,” said Dr. Marshall Goodman, regional chancellor, USF Polytechnic. “Bonnie Parker has been actively involved in community and educational issues for years. I know she will provide excellent leadership for USF Polytechnic.”
Parker is a recent past president of the Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce and is active in the Rotary Club of Winter Haven. She also serves on the board of directors for United Way of Central Florida, the Community Foundation of Greater Winter Haven, Polk Vision, New Beginnings High School, and Leadership Polk Alumni. She also serves as a steward and volunteer for Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven.
A strong advocate for arts education, Parker frequently assists arts organizations with fund-raising events. She has also participated in Leadership Winter Haven and Leadership Polk, serving as class chair for both organizations.
Parker has been recognized for her community involvement by receiving the Outstanding Leadership Alumni Award from the Leadership Winter Haven Alumni and the She Knows Where She is Going Award from Girls Incorporated of Winter Haven. The Ledger also named her one of “21 Polk County Women to Watch in the 21st Century.”
Born and raised in Lake Wales, Parker lives in Winter Haven with her husband, Jim, who served as a high school band director for 35 years in several Polk County schools.
Parker’s term expires in 2014. Members of USF Polytechnic’s Campus Board are appointed by the USF Board of Trustees. The Campus Board consults regularly with the university president and regional chancellor on matters of policy and governance.