We introduce you to our Face of ACE, Jacqueline House Parrill, from The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College! ACE Women’s Network-Ohio continues to explore new and creative opportunities to communicate who we are, provide networking opportunities for Ohio women in higher education and to promote women’s professional advancement. Our new Faces of ACE posts will introduce you to women involved in the ACE Women’s Network-Ohio.
Name: Dr. Jacqueline House Parrill
Title: Vice President for Institutional Planning & Human Resources and Director, Institutional Planning & Human Resources
Education: BS, Auburn University MBA, Auburn University EdD, University of Georgia
How long have you been involved in ACE WNO and in what capacity?
I have been involved with the ACE Women’s Network-Ohio since 2004. I have served as the Institutional Representative for COTC and Ohio State Newark and joined the ACE WNO Executive Board in 2011. I served as the Recorder for the EB and have subsequently been on the Strategic Planning and Nominating committees. While I have stepped down from the Board, I continue in my role of Institutional Representative.
What have you gained from your involvement in the ACE Women’s Network-Ohio?
I have gained a strong appreciation for the ability to conduct business for an organization using, primarily, telephonic meetings! I am extremely impressed with the efficiency of the phone meetings we have and the amount of work that is accomplished. Our meetings are focused, to the point, and productive. Additionally, I have gained tremendously on a personal level, through the relationships and contacts I have developed over the years of my participation. The exposure to talented women at various levels and across the spectrum of work appointments within the academy has exposed me to so much more than I’ve experienced through my own limited appointments. Hearing their assessments, challenges, and accomplishments is humbling and truly a great opportunity to continue my own professional development. The Network has truly given me a network of support, encouragement, and friendship.
What do you do for fun?
Supporting my children’s extracurricular activities. My daughter is very involved with 4-H and chorus/musicals. Her 4-H involvement has led to a family project: chickens. We now have an awesome chicken coop and have a number of laying hens! We are all involved in caring for the chickens on a daily basis. Who knew chickens could be part of the family! My son is very involved in sports (soccer and basketball). Attending and supporting my daughter’s musicals and concerts and my son’s sporting events and practices basically consumes all of my free time (no complaints, though). If I do have time to myself, the most fun for me is sitting down with a good mystery book.
What are you most looking forward to professionally or personally in the coming year?
Professionally, I have two really big projects underway at work, and I’m very excited about both of them. For Ohio State Newark, I am charged with facilitating the development of our next four-year strategic plan. It has been a wonderful opportunity to pull together the points of view and interests of all of the campus’s constituents and develop a road map for the campus for the next four years. This work should be completed by the end of the year and the new plan is to launch in January 2017. On the COTC side, we are just embarking on the work to reaffirm our accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission. I am co-leading that project and I am very excited about that work. We’ve spent the last six months in the planning stages and we will kick off the real work this coming autumn. Personally, I’m looking forward to heading to NYC late in the spring to celebrate my niece’s engagement and then to hitting the beach in Mexico in the summer with a large group of my family!