Marty Parkes


Marty Parkes headed up the communications functions of Maryville University from 2009–2011. He also subsequently led the communications efforts for two private colleges located in Pennsylvania. He earned his BA degree in economics from Trinity College in Hartford in 1981. Parkes later completed a year of graduate study in international relations at The London School of Economics in England.

Parkes started his professional career in the corporate world working for two insurance companies in his native Connecticut. Then he gave up gainful employment to relocate and write about golf for the United States Golf Association.

Parkes has published articles in varied publications such as The New York TimesGolf Journal, and Sports Illustrated. He authored the books Classic Shots (foreword by Arnold Palmer and afterword by Thomas L. Friedman) and Up on the Hill as well as contributed an essay to the book Golf’s Golden Age.


Publication Date: August 2021

It’s often reported that many universities will have difficulty surviving the coming decades. Which ones will find a way to flourish in uncertain times and offer a level of success to its students in the way that Maryville University consistently has?

Maryville University has led the way in creating innovative and powerful strategies to achieve amazing results. Maryville has earned recognition twice since 2016 as an Apple Distinguished School by Apple Inc. because of its Digital World initiative.

In this uniquely comprehensive and compelling account, Marty Parkes, once head of the communications department at Maryville University, describes the trailblazing path that the University, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Mark Lombardi and his dynamic team of staff and faculty, took to emerge as one of the top universities in the country, gaining the Apple Distinguished School award and being recognized by U.S. News & World Report.

This book was written to serve as an inspiration and guideline for any institution of higher learning that wants to find a successful path forward.

If you read only one book to understand the challenges of higher education in the future, Disrupter is the one to choose.

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