Metro Technology Centers named Bob Parrish – current associate superintendent of business & operational services/treasurer – the eighth superintendent of Metro Tech. Mr. Parrish will succeed Dr. Elaine Stith, who announced her retirement in February. Mr. Parrish will assume all superintendent duties on July 1, 2017.
For the past 17 years, Mr. Parrish has built a successful career at Metro Tech. His Metro Tech career started as the purchasing manager in 1999; he was promoted to chief financial officer in 2004; and since 2008, he has served as the associate superintendent of business & operational services. He is regularly seen supporting student events, keeping internal and external stakeholders aware of budget issues and continuing to improve Metro Tech’s financial situation despite budget obstacles. Mr. Parrish said the culture at Metro Tech prompted him to apply for the position.
“Metro Tech is the best CareerTech in the state, it’s a great place to work, and it’s been a lifelong dream of mine to become superintendent,” he said.
With a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in educational administration from Southwestern University in Weatherford; Mr. Parrish brings an impressive 26 years of educational experience into his new role as superintendent. He worked in accounting roles for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career & Technical Education (ODCTE). Mr. Parrish holds the Oklahoma Standard Superintendent Certificate; Oklahoma CareerTech Administrators Endorsement; Business Education Teaching Certificate; CareerTech Business Education Certificate; and he is a Certified School Business Manager.
Mr. Parrish has many goals in his new role as superintendent: to locate additional avenues for positive and related graduate placement, and continuation of efforts initiated by Dr. Stith to finish the remodel of Metro Tech’s South Bryant Campus. Mr. Parrish was instrumental in securing $5 million in tax-increment financing for the project from the Oklahoma City Council in 2016. The renovation project will give the 51-year old campus an updated appearance with new facades and covered walkways that connect buildings.
Metro Tech is an Oklahoma technology school that offers free tuition to Oklahoma City Public Schools, Crooked Oak Public Schools and Millwood Public Schools students. Full-time and part-time training is offered for adult students, as well as customized Business & Industry training. For more information (405) 424-TECH.