Jennifer L. Parks

Director of Innovation

Phone: 612-287-5131

Jenny Parks is the director of innovation on the Data, Research and Innovation team. Jenny ensures that all ideas and suggestions for new initiatives are assessed in a consistent and transparent manner by maintaining a process and a set of criteria by which ideas and suggestions for new initiatives are to be examined and explored. Future initiatives may be operationalized as convening(s), research, programs, or contracts.  By providing relevant information and engaging MHEC leadership, Jenny helps to ensure the optimal use of MHEC’s resources and talents to address the most critical and strategically significant needs of the Midwestern higher education community and MHEC’s member states.

Jenny comes to the Compact from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW-L) where she was the university compliance officer.  While at UW-L, Jenny obtained approvals for the university to provide online courses to students residing in 46 other states. Jenny has also worked as a research specialist at Viterbo University; a research and assessment specialist for the Peoria (AZ) Unified School District; and a researcher and fellow with the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.  Jenny earned her bachelor's degree from Dana College and her master's degree in educational policy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jenny joined the Compact in September 2013.