A former president of Manchester University has died. Parker Marden led the university from 1994 until his retirement in 2004. He was 77.
In an email to Manchester students, faculty and staff, current President Dave McFadden says during Marden’s tenure, the university saw an increase in diversity among students and faculty. Marden was also part of "The Next Step" campaign, which led to to many capital improvements on campus and a boost in the university’s endowment.
"Parker was a wonderful writer and communicator, who brought people together in common purpose," said McFadden. "He was a true believer in and articulate advocate for the value of a liberal arts education. Above all, he loved Manchester students and embraced his role as their champion. In turn, he was known to many students as ‘Papa Parker.’"
McFadden says funeral arrangements for Marden are pending. He is survived by his wife, Ann, and children, Jon and KerriAnn.