Parson named top educational professional 'under 40' by Boone Chamber

Dr. Jamie Parson, a Walker College of Business associate professor of finance and Appalachian State University's interim chief diversity officer, was honored as the top education professional, part of the Boone Chamber of Commerce's 4 Under 40 Awards.

Parson, along with three other emerging leaders and a community advocate, was honored during the 6th annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards ceremony April 28 at The Mill at Rock Creek in Boone.

Education Professional: Dr. Jamie Parson, Interim Chief Diversity Officer, Appalachian State University

Dr. Jamie Parson is the Interim Chief Diversity Officer and an Associate Professor in the Department of Finance, Banking, and Insurance at Appalachian State University. She teaches undergraduate courses in business law and insurance. Dr. Parson previously led the Walker College of Business’ Inclusive Excellence Team, served as the Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator for the Brantley Risk and Insurance Center and served on numerous boards and committees.

Prior to arriving at Appalachian, Parson served as a Title VII Investigator for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission and a Special Investigative Unit Liaison and Fire Claims Representative at State Farm Insurance Company.

Dr. Parson holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology-Anthropology from Nebraska Wesleyan University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska College of Law in Lincoln, Nebraska. Her research interests primarily concentrate in the area of insurance regulation including extensive involvement with the passing of the North Carolina Foster Care Family Act.

The 4 Under 40 Awards are presented annually by Appalachian Commercial Real Estate. More than 30 nominations were submitted by local community members, and 16 finalists were recognized during the 2022 event.

Nominees were sought in the categories of Business Owner, Education Professional, Non-Profit Business Professional, and Rising Star. Learn more at

Winners Announced: 6th Annual Boone Area Chamber of Commerce 4 Under 40 Awards
Published: May 2, 2022 10:16am