Dr. Alex Parnia has crafted innovative and scalable solutions and matrices which have resulted in exponential increases in revenue streams for many academic institutions he has served. Under his guidance as a driving force, he has formed strategic plans which have led to diversified programs and national and international expansion.
Dr. Parnia was the president of EC Higher Education from January 2016 to July 2018, where he formed pathway partnerships with U.S. universities that are ranked in the top 200 by U.S. News and World Report. He has formed three partnerships in less than 18 months with a potential revenue of $10 million in the next five years.
In January 2012, Dr. Parnia joined Pacific Oaks College as its 9th President and within 18 months he closed a deficit gap of $4 million, increased revenue from $8 million to $22 million and grew the enrollment from 480 to 1300 students within three years. He served at Cambridge College from 1989 to 2007 and as the executive Vice President he focused on branding and driving the College from a $2M operating budget to $50M. Additionally, Dr. Parnia served as the Dean of the School of Management. Within these roles he recognized and realized opportunities for Cambridge College to expand program offerings, reach out to new populations, and further extend the mission of the college to five other states. Subsequently, he joined Nichols College, where he served as the Provost and Executive Vice President and transitioned to tenure as a Faculty in 2008.
Dr. Parnia has provided consulting services to college Presidents and Boards of Trustees to drive strategic plans and implementations. He has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of online programs, organization-wide academic assessment plans, including a new focus on learning outcome, forming collaborations, and outsourcing services.
Dr. Parnia has provided leadership and management development programs to BASF, CIGNA, Charrette Corporation, and Kuehne-Nagel among many other organizations. His articles have been published in the New York Times, The Republican, and Hartford Courant newspapers.
Dr. Parnia has taught management and international business courses at the University of Harford, Quinnipiac College, University of New Haven, Sacred Heart University, Cambridge College, and Nichols College. Dr. Parnia has also taught online courses. He is a graduate of Claremont Graduate University, where he studied under Dr. Peter F. Drucker.