Fernando Parra is the Director of the Institute for Family Business and an Assistant Professor of Accountancy at Fresno State. Fernando's educational journey has enabled him to have a meaningful impact on developing the next generation of business leaders. He obtained a Ph.D. in International Business with a focus on Information Systems and a Graduate Certificate in Accounting from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).
Dr. Parra previously served as a Coordinator for the Southwest Pollution Prevention Center, funded by the EPA, to provide informational resources to businesses in their efforts to reduce, eliminate, and prevent pollution at its source. As a private practitioner, he has also played a key role in supporting small to medium-sized businesses with enterprise software solutions in the medical, retail and legal industries.
Dr. Parra is honored to have served on several boards, including President of the Information Systems Doctoral Students Association which promotes diversity in business schools and supports future professors of Hispanic, African American, and Native American heritage