In February, during the Parker Seminars Las Vegas 2022 live event, Parker University’s Director of Institutional Advancement, Floyd McLendon Jr., was surprised and honored on the event’s main stage in front of the entire crowd with a unique symbolic sword presentation.
The presentation of the sword specifically symbolizes respect, love, and faith. The bestowal respectfully acknowledges Mr. McLendon’s 25 years of military service and previous leadership role as a Chief Petty Officer in the United States Navy; the display of love from Parker University President Dr. William E. Morgan and Mr. McLendon’s peers; and faith that this honor will grow to be a small token of appreciation through his dedication and hard work in the future.
For Mr. McLendon, the best parts of fulfilling his essential role as the Director of Advancement are Parker University’s mission, culture, and team. “We are in the business of creating innovative and courageous leaders in the healthcare field. Our foundation rests on lifelong learning, evidence-based research, and loving service. My colleagues are all in, willing to complete the mission, regardless of title or perceived obstacles,” Mr. McLendon shares.
When it comes to what helps make Mr. McLendon successful in his role, he shares, “My relationship with God keeps me aligned on the right path. Through Him, I have an unbelievable tolerance for discomfort, and that is where success resides. And, once I have committed, it is very difficult for me to quit.”
This honor means a lot to Mr. McLendon. He says, “Apart from starting a family, this has been the greatest honor bestowed upon me. I am very grateful to be a part of the Parker family,” Mr. McLendon adds. “With great honor comes great responsibility. It means that my expectations as the Director of Advancement have significantly increased.”
Congratulations, Mr. McLendon! Thank you for all you do to help make Parker University successful.
About Parker University
Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and more than 35 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world. Parker University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For®, one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges in the U.S., and as a recipient of the 2021 FutureEdge 50 Awards.