Ken Parsons, Ph.D.
College of Aviation
Faculty Delegate, Prescott Campus
Dr. Ken Parsons
Dr. Kenneth Parsons is an associate professor of meteorology in the Department of Applied Meteorology at the Prescott, Arizona campus. Dr. Parsons was elected to serve as the Prescott Campus’ faculty delegate beginning in the fall of 2012 and serves on the Academic and Facilities and Capital Planning Committee.
Dr. Parsons has a BS in chemistry from Miami University, a BS in meteorology from The Pennsylvania State University, an MS in management from Troy State University, and the PhD in atmospheric science from Purdue University. He has been with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University since 2001.
Upon graduating from Miami University, he was selected as a distinguished military graduate and commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty, he served in diverse assignments in the U.S. and overseas. In Korea, he was the staff weather officer to the U.S. Army’s 2d Infantry Division. In Europe, he was the USAF representative to NATO and Allied Command Europe weather communications working groups. Dr. Parsons was also a detachment commander at K.I. Sawyer AFB, MI and concluded his Air Force career as Chief of the 21st Air Force Weather Support Unit at McGuire AFB, NJ.
Subsequent to his military career, he was employed as a meteorologist with International Technology Corporation, a leading environmental engineering and consulting firm. With International Technology, he won the National Corporate Quality award.
While with Embry-Riddle, Dr. Parsons has served as Vice Speaker and then Speaker of the Faculty Senate. He volunteers as a faculty assistant to the ERAU women’s volleyball team. He has mentored several McNair Program Scholars and recently was appointed as the Director of the Honors Program on the Prescott Campus. He is also a member of the board of the Grand Canyon Section of the Air and Waste Management Association.
Dr. Parsons is married to the former Lauren Ward of Rockville Centre, NY. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren.