Paul Parks received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, 1949. He also received a bachelor’s degree and an honorary doctorate in engineering from Northeastern University in 1997.
Parks is the president of Paul Parks and Associates, a financial management consulting and civil engineering consulting firm in Boston. He has used the analytical and applied skills of engineering to improve people’s lives, working in housing development, education, health services and international affairs.
He has served as the deputy mayor of Boston, a special consultant to the Israeli government, the secretary of education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and as a member of the attorney general’s Advisory Committee on Civil Rights. He has been a regional board member of Fannie Mae, the Federal National Mortgage Association and a professor of engineering at Tufts University. In 1976, Parks was voted into the National Academy for Public Administration. In 1995, he was chosen to represent President Bill Clinton at the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Belgium.
Parks has served on the Schools of Engineering Visiting Committee since 1997 and visited Purdue in 1971 as part of the Old Masters Program.