Heather Parlier joins Dogwood Health Trust from UNC Asheville where she served as Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Institutional Equity and General Counsel since October 2019. Before joining UNC Asheville, she served as the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at Columbia University in the City of New York. As Vice Provost, Parlier was responsible for the management of the University’s policies on discrimination, harassment, and sexual assault and misconduct and served as Columbia’s compliance officer for nondiscrimination and affirmative action laws and disability access. Parlier was also responsible for creating and implementing training and awareness for campus diversity and inclusion as well as working with all schools and departments within the university to create more inclusive and welcoming academic and work environments.
Prior to Columbia, Parlier served UNC Asheville from 2013 to 2016 as General Counsel and as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor. In these positions, she was the chief legal officer for the institution, oversaw the work of the Office of the Chancellor and was the lead staff member on the campus’s strategic planning process.
Before her tenure at UNC Asheville, she was Associate General Counsel for the City University of New York system, where her practice included transactional matters; employment and labor law; compliance; and environmental and health and safety compliance.
Parlier began her career in higher education at UNC Chapel Hill in the Office of University Advancement. She worked in the Office of Planned Giving and, later, as the Director of the Morehead Alumni Campaign for the Morehead Foundation (now the Morehead-Cain Foundation).
Parlier received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her JD from the City University of New York School of Law.
Support programs and networks that reduce deaths, treat addiction, and prevent first use
Help reduce disparities based on race, location, education and income factors
Invest in integrated heath care with seamless connections to supportive services
Support communities that promote healthy living and resiliency and help mitigate the impact of trauma, isolation and stress on individuals and families, especially those experiencing poverty
Support a well-funded, sustainable, competitive entrepreneur and small business ecosystem throughout the region
Help build a regional economic ecosystem that supports increased creation/retention of jobs and business ownership
Help build a skilled workforce with the knowledge and technical abilities to excel in a wide range of industry employment opportunities that provide a competitive, sustainable wage
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive, county-by-county data set that paints a full picture of work readiness, economic development and entrepreneurial needs and opportunities specific to Western North Carolina
Work in tandem with Economic Opportunity Strategic Priority to invest in career readiness at the community college and university levels
Support K-12 learning experiences with the resources and sustainability to provide an excellent academic and social-emotional education, so that all students graduate ready for college or career
Invest in an improved early childhood education ecosystem with the resources and sustainability to provide developmentally appropriate, affordable and accessible education and care to support ages birth to five, so that all children in WNC enter kindergarten ready to learn
Source, analyze and share a comprehensive set of publicly available data that provides a regularly updated, county-by-county picture of access, workforce and student outcomes in early childhood education and K-12 education specific to Western North Carolina
Loans, guarantees, and other financial tools to leverage funding opportunities
Increase affordable housing for lowest-income individuals and families
Support age-appropriate resources in affordable and workforce units, rental and owned
Invest in housing with sustainable supports for physical and mental health and wellbeing
Support healthy and safe revitalizations that work against displacement and gentrification, preserve home ownership and create generational wealth.