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Oct. 1, 2013
Tye Parsons, who has served since 2006 as executive director for the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments, will become grants coordinator at Northwest Missouri State University, effective Oct. 28.
As grants coordinator, Parsons will be charged with working with community partners to secure external funding for projects to support the University’s mission. His duties will include researching and identifying potential funding sources, working with the Northwest Leadership Team and others to develop fundable projects, authoring or co-authoring grant proposals, and coordinating budget development and grants administration.
“I couldn't be happier to be coming back to Northwest as the grants coordinator,” said Parsons, an alumnus of the University. “As director of the Regional Council of Governments, I have enjoyed watching the University develop a variety of innovative projects that have benefited not only Northwest students but our community and our region. To have the chance to work on those types of projects is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Northwest has been very good to my family over the years, and I am honored to be asked to serve.”
Vice Provost Dr. Greg Haddock said Parsons’ extensive experience and array of skills makes him a good fit at Northwest. Parsons brings a focus on collaboration and teamwork as well as expertise in project implementation, from design, budget and grant writing to execution and administration.
“Tye has worked on grants and projects that have added great benefit to this region his entire professional career,” Haddock said. “I am excited that he will bring that experience to Northwest to work on projects with our staff and faculty.”
In his role with the Regional Council of Governments, Parsons directly managed grant writing and administration departments, developed and administered grant-funded projects for member governments, and wrote and approved funding applications. His responsibilities also included oversight of the agency’s budget preparation, personnel management, new program development, regular communication with member governments and partner agencies, and implementing policy decisions of a 22-member executive board of directors. The Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments provides services to 40 communities in five counties in northwest Missouri.
Previously, Parsons was assistant director of Mo-Kan Regional Council from 2004 to 2006, during which he authored a comprehensive city plan for Lathrop and a Missouri natural hazard mitigation plan for Clinton County. He also implemented an annual work plan in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation to facilitate regional transportation planning, and he garnered more than $1.2 million in grant dollars for local government projects in the region.
From 1998 to 2002, Parsons worked as the technology coordinator for the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments. In that role, he authored state and federal grant applications to aid communities throughout northwest Missouri. He also established and managed the agency’s computer network and first email system, built and maintained websites for member governments, and provided hardware and software maintenance.
Parsons is a Northwest alumnus, having earned his Bachelor of Science degree in geography. He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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