"I am truly honored to serve as chairman of the board of trustees of Edison State College,'' said Parrish. "This institution played a huge role in getting me where I am today and I am grateful that I have this opportunity to give back in this way. Had it not been for Edison in Fort Myers when I graduated from high school, I may not have had the opportunity to go to college. It is a real pleasure to work with the members of the board, administration, faculty and staff of such a well run, progressive organization."
Dr. Parrish is a practicing optometrist and a proud alumnus of Edison College. Dr. Parrish was appointed to the board in March 2006 by then-governor Jeb Bush. He and his family live in LaBelle.
The nine-member District Board of Trustees is charged with the responsibility for exercising maximum local autonomy to establish rules, policies and procedures to make certain the College is meeting the changing post-secondary educational needs of the region and is reflecting community values in fulfilling the college mission.