Campus: Cal Poly, Pomona -- September 5, 2000

Arthur F. Parker Selected For Cal Poly Pomona's Outstanding Faculty Leadership Award

Cal Poly Pomona professor Arthur F. Parker has been selected for the George P. Hart Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership for 2000-01. Parker, a professor of food marketing & agribusiness management and agricultural education, will be presented with the award on Sept. 18 at the university's Fall Convocation.

The award was established in 1996 following the death of George P. Hart, a highly regarded 30-year member of the political science department and an associate dean in the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Hart had also served on the Academic Senate from 1983 until his death in 1995.

The Hart Award, now in its fifth year, recognizes faculty members who are regarded as role models and leaders, both on campus and in the community.

"Art truly exemplifies the high standards and leadership qualities of the Hart Award," said President Bob H. Suzuki. "His receipt of the award is testimony to his exemplary leadership during his years of service to the Cal Poly Pomona community."

Parker, who has taught at Cal Poly Pomona since 1976, is recognized for his continued commitment to his profession, his students, the university and the community at-large. He has assisted with his students' academic and professional development and has received the College of Agriculture Advisor of the Year Award twice, most recently in 1999.

He has served as the chair of his department and acting associate dean of the College of Agriculture. During the 14 years he sat on his department's curriculum committee he spearheaded a number of initiatives on curriculum, one of which was a major rewrite of the departmental curriculum moving the department toward food marketing and agribusiness management. Parker has also been a member of the Academic Senate and currently serves as Chair of the Senate Elections & Procedures Committee.

As part of his extensive community service, Parker is head of the Finance Committee and chairman of the Stewardship Committee of his church, a member of the Board of the Claremont Community Foundation where he serves on the Marketing Committee and as chair of the Education Grants Committee. He also took an active role as treasurer for the Parent/Faculty Association of his daughter's elementary and middle schools.

Parker resides in Claremont with his wife and daughter.

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