W. Robert Parks

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William Robert Parks
Iowa State University
Term 1965 – 1986
Predecessor James H. Hilton
Successor Gordon P. Eaton
Born (1915-10-13)October 13, 1915
Died July 13, 2003(2003-07-13) (aged 87)
Alma mater Berea College
University of Kentucky
University of Wisconsin–Madison

William Robert Parks (October 13, 1915 – July 13, 2003)[1] was the 11th president of Iowa State University.



He married Ellen Sorge (1914 - 1999) and had two daughters: Andrea (Van Howeling) and Cynthia (Hamilton). Ellen was the first woman to receive a PhD in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


  1. ^ [1]
  • W. Robert Parks Papers, RS 2/11, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.
Academic offices
Preceded by
James H. Hilton
President of Iowa State University
Succeeded by
Gordon P. Eaton