William Earl Parrish, Ph.D.

William Parrish

Title: History Educator (Retired)
Company: Mississippi State University
Location: Starkville, Mississippi, United States

William Earl Parrish, Ph.D., Retired History Educator at Mississippi State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in history and higher education.

A celebrated figure in his field, Dr. Parrish amassed more than 40 years of professional excellence in his area of expertise prior to his retirement in 1996. Currently a professor emeritus of history at Mississippi State University, he served as a full professor for 18 years and the head of the department of history for seven years. Prior to these appointments, he acted as dean of Westminster College for two years and an assistant professor to the Harry S. Truman Professor of American history at Westminster College for 23 years. Alongside his primary endeavors, he also formerly held the role of member of the national advisory board for the Society of Civil War Historians for 11 years, a member of the Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation for 11 years, and a member of the State History Records Advisory Board for 15 years. A lecturer across the country, he also held the role of Aspinall professor of history at Colorado Mesa University in 2000.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Parrish pursued an education at Kansas State University, earning a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in 1952. He subsequently transferred to the University of Missouri, where he earned a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in history in 1952 and 1955, respectively. Later on in his career, Westminster College gave him an honorary doctorate in 2001. He has additionally maintained affiliation with several organizations to remain abreast of changes within his field, including the Mississippi Historical Society, where he served as president for one year, and Phi Alpha Theta, where he served as international president for two years. He has further been a historian for Phi Gamma Delta since 1989.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to history and higher education, Dr. Parrish has accrued numerous awards throughout his tenure. Named Favorite Faculty of the Year by Westminster College, he was also the recipient of the Outstanding Fraternity Advisory at Mississippi State University Award from the Interfraternity Council. Notably, he had a graduate scholarship established in his honor by Phi Alpha Theta upon his retirement, and the annual awards given by the Mississippi State University chapter of Phi Alpha Theta were also named in his honor subsequent to his retirement. In addition, he was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the State Historical Society of Missouri in 2006, among other prominent awards.

Married to Helen Sue Lewis since 1972, Dr. Parrish is the proud father of two children. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education and Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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