Dawn Parks’ primary
focus is to improve the College of Agriculture’s grant-submission success rate.
Parks helps principal investigators—researchers, educators and Extension—make
their proposals compelling and impactful. She has a high success rate in a competitive
and challenging environment—one in which more people are chasing fewer grant
dollars. A specialist in multidisciplinary, multi-institutional grant teams,
her expertise includes organizing teams, project management design,
organizational structure development, technical editing and coaching teams to
meet timelines and outcomes associated with on-time delivery of proposals.
Parks’ combination of
storytelling, management and coaching skills have been instrumental in bringing
more than $20 million in grants to the college since she joined its staff in
December 2010. She developed new and cutting-edge ideas as public and government
acceptance director for ArborGen, a forest biotech company; as lead negotiator
for the forest industry on the United Nations Biosafety Protocol; and as
consultant for JMW, where she coached senior executives and teams at BP as they
researched, developed and implemented innovative technology and programs.
In her own company, The Alternate Edge, Parks specialized in strategic
planning and organizational management. She was instrumental in
restructuring the primary economic development office in Charleston, South
Carolina, in a way that enabled it to land the Boeing plant in North
Parks hold a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Business and a master’s
degree in forest policy from Purdue. She serves on the board for the Farm at
Prophetstown, a sustainable demonstration farm near West Lafayette.