William Parker, Ph.D.

Director, Foundational Learning Directorate

Defense Acquisition University

Dr. Parker joined the Defense Acquisition University faculty after serving 23 years in the U.S. Marine Corps and working in the defense industry. He currently serves as the Director of the Foundational Learning Directorate. He previously worked as the Director of Enterprise Application Solutions, Smartronix, Inc. and an independent business development consultant with Gould & Associates Global Services, Inc. Dr. Parker spent most of his Marine Corps career as a logistics officer, serving in various command, staff, and instructor assignments. He transitioned to acquisition-related assignments with the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory, the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness, and Marine Corps prepositioning programs. His final acquisition assignment was as deputy program manager for an ACAT IA major automated information system, the Global Combat Support System-Marine Corps. Dr. Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Old Dominion University, and a PhD in information technology from Capella University. He holds Defense Acquisition Workforce Level III certifications in Program Management and Information Technology. He holds a Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification and is a certified scrum master from the Scrum Alliance. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College.