Dr. Darrell Franklin Parker currently serves as the 22nd President of Limestone University. After an extensive national search, Dr. Parker officially took office at Limestone in January of 2018.
During his tenure, Dr. Parker has developed and implemented new programs and partnerships to enhance Limestone’s status and to reposition the University to better serve the needs of South Carolina and its students. Limestone University offers a private university quality education with the career pathways students want, but at a net cost comparable to the state's regional public institutions.
Under Dr. Parker’s direction, Limestone College changed its name and moved to university status in July of 2020.
In addition to the name change to Limestone University, some of the many innovative and progressive projects realized thanks to Dr. Parker, his leadership team, and the support of the Board of Trustees, include the unveiling of a new MBA degree in Healthcare Administration, an articulation agreement with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM) to provide Limestone students with a pathway toward a medical degree, the formation of the RN-to-BSN Nursing Program, the development of a Master of Social Work Program, the accreditation leading to a new Master of Athletic Training Degree, the establishment of the “Global Experience” study abroad program, Limestone Athletics accepting an invitation to become a member of the historic South Atlantic Conference, the opening of the Vera Jones Mitchell Finance Lab, a new student internship program with Diamond Resorts, and the construction of a new 65,000-square-foot Campus Center & Library that will be the academic and social hub of the campus when it is completed in the fall of 2021.