Jane DiFolco Parker, appointed as vice president for development and named president of the Auburn University Foundation in 2012, has contributed during her 40-plus-year higher education career to institutional success from various levels of service and from both the academic and advancement perspectives.
Prior to her appointment at Auburn, Parker served as the executive vice president and managing director of development for the Arizona State University Foundation. As executive vice president, she led development, operations, and services teams of more than 80 people in all facets of major-gift and annual-giving fundraising. During her tenure with the ASU Foundation, her leadership duties also included service as acting president, senior vice president, and chief operating officer.
She spent the majority of her higher education career at Emory University, serving 37 years in positions leading up to vice president for operations of its Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where she managed the infrastructure of the university’s central administrative unit of 220 employees. She previously served in positions in the Emory School of Law, which included senior assistant dean for administration, director of admissions, and director of academic services.
Originally from Ohio, Parker received her bachelor’s in English from Georgia State University. She has attended Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education Management Development Program, and she has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Development and Strategic Planning in the Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.