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Ronald C. Parker Awarded TCU Neeley’s Bob Bolen Civic Leadership Award

Parker, former president and CEO of the Executive Leadership Council and retired senior vice president for PepsiCo, is honored for his service to the community.

May 14,  2018

By Elaine Cole

For his esteemed legacy of business acumen and community service, Ronald C. Parker was awarded the Bob Bolen Civic Leadership Award by the TCU Neeley School of Business.

“Ron has been a champion for diversity and inclusiveness in his corporate and civic life. He has made and continues to make a significant difference in the lives of so many people,” said O. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach Dean of the TCU Neeley School of Business. Erekson presented the award to Parker at the May 2018 meeting of the TCU Neeley International Board of Visitors.

Parker is a sought-after speaker on board governance, diversity, inclusion and leadership. He is the former president and CEO for the Executive Leadership Council, an organization representing global black CEOs, senior executives and corporate board members of Fortune 1000 and global 500 organizations. He was with PepsiCo for nearly 30 years and retired from his position as SVP of Human Resources, Labor Relations and Global Diversity & Inclusion. 

A proud Horned Frog alumnus with a BA in political science, Parker serves on the TCU Board of Trustees and chairs the TCU development committee, and also serves on the International Board of Visitors for the TCU Neely School of Business. He serves on the board of the Association of Governing Boards, Baylor Scott & White Hospital, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board of Procter & Gamble, the Board of Visitors for Howard University’s School of Business, and is a former board member of the Executive Leadership Council. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors Board Fellow. 

“It is an honor to receive the Bob Bolen Civic Leadership Award given by the TCU Neeley School of Business. This award reflects the servant leader model that former Mayor Bolen demonstrated throughout his career as a civic leader in Fort Worth and in support of the Neeley School and TCU. I am honored to be a part of his legacy. I look forward to continuing the partnership with other passionate Horned Frog supporters in making TCU a world-class academic institute preparing ethical leaders of tomorrow,” Parker said.

The Bob Bolen Civic Leadership Award was established by the TCU Neeley School of Business in 2011 in honor of former Fort Worth mayor and longtime civic leader Bob Bolen. The award honors a civic or corporate leader of national stature for his or her contributions to the building and stewardship of our communities and nation.