Joe Parker taking reins of Cleary University board

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During the January 2018 Board of Trustees meeting, Joseph (Joe) Parker was confirmed as the new chairman of the board of Cleary University, a position elected by peers.

Parker has been a resident of Livingston County since 1988. Residing in Howell, he is a local entrepreneur owning Heart of Howell and 2FOG’s Pub in Downtown Howell, as well as C&B Machinery in Brighton. He also sits on the board for the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce.

“This is an exciting time for Cleary University,” Parker said. “The current board of trustees is very strong and engaged in all aspects of Cleary University. (Outgoing chair) Raymond King and the entire board, with President Dr. Jayson Boyers, have laid a solid plan for Cleary University.”

Parker said the plan centers on “The Cleary Mind,” which encompasses eight core attributes: critical thinking, problem solving, creative thinking, communications, persuasion, entrepreneurship, leadership, and ethics.

“I am honored to be part of that plan,” he said.

Cleary recently broke ground on its second student housing facility and a multi-use sports complex, both located on the Howell Campus.

Cleary also has a new culinary kitchen being built, adding to their strong culinary program. “I believe in our programs so strongly that I have two employees currently enrolled in the culinary program here at the Howell Campus,” Parker said.

Along with the growth at the Livingston campus, the Ann Arbor Education Center continues to grow with a diverse group of students from around the globe. Cleary also has a new Education Center in Detroit, providing a well-rounded academic program for Wayne County and its surrounding areas.

“I have five grandkids growing up in Howell and I look forward to Cleary University being a part of their lives and their education,” Parker said.

For more information, visit www.cleary.edu.