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Clark B. Parker

Clark B. Parker is a 1977 Coastal alumnus who has served his alma mater in key leadership positions. Parker headed the CINO Club, Coastal athletic booster organization, in the early 1980s. From 1987 to 1993 he served on the Horry County Higher Education Commission, and as its chair led the movement to establish Coastal as an independent state university separate from the USC system. When Coastal achieved independence in 1993, Parker was elected to its first board of trustees and served until 2008, including two terms as chair (2001-2002, 2002-2003). He was named trustee emeritus in 2006.

The naming of the Clark and Marcia Parker Atheneum Hall Alumni Center was announced in 2017 in recognition of the couple's longstanding service and commitment to the University.

Clark and Marcia Wells Parker graduated from Coastal in 1977 and 1978, respectively. Clark earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and Marcia earned a bachelor’s degree in business. The couple met while working as official scorekeepers at the basketball games and married in 1976. After graduating, they continued their involvement with the University by maintaining the alumni records when the institution was known as the University of South Carolina – Coastal Carolina College. They also spearheaded the formation of the alumni association, of which Clark served as president from 1979-1981, and organized the first alumni class reunion and homecoming.

Clark Parker was named an honorary founder of Coastal Carolina University in 2006.