POLI Alumni Spotlight: Keith T. Parker

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Alumnus receives presidential appointment

Keith T. Parker, B.A. Political Science ’90/H&S and M.U.R.P. Urban & Regional Planning ’93/Wilder, was recently appointed as a member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Council by President Barack Obama. Mr. Parker currently serves as General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, a position he has held since 2012.  Mr. Parker was President and CEO of VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio, Texas, from 2009 to 2012.  Prior to that, Mr. Parker was CEO of Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) from 2007 to 2009, Assistant City Manager for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2004 to 2007, and Chief Operating Officer of CATS from 2000 to 2004.  Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles with the Clark County Transit Authority in Vancouver, Washington and the Greater Richmond Transit Company in Richmond, Virginia.  In addition to his degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University, he also holds an M.B.A. from the University of Richmond.

Keith was also recently honored by VCU as a 2015 Alumni Star. Read more