Todd Parnell, former Springfield banker, Drury alumnus and adjunct professor, is the 16th president of Drury University.
Parnell graduated from Drury University in 1969. He then went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College in 1971. While a student at Drury, Parnell was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha and Omicron Delta Kappa and spent a semester studying abroad in London.
He served as president of Truman Bank in Clayton, Mo., was founding CEO of Springfield-based THE BANK, where he led a merger with The Signature Bank. He would later serve as chief operating officer and president of The Signature Bank.
Parnell is heavily involved in the Springfield community having chaired the boards of the Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. He also serves on the board of the Missouri Clean Water Commission and is a trustee of the State Historical Society of Missouri.
He also takes the time to teach a course at Drury in entrepreneurship.
Parnell is the author of three books, his most recent being The Buffalo, Ben and Me, which chronicles his trip down Arkansas’ Buffalo River with his son in 1995.