Nearly three decades after graduating, Colonel David Parramore ’88 returned to Cairn last April to speak with business students about his experience as an award-winning leader in medical information technology, both as a chief information and technology officer for the Army and now at IBM. Along the way, he earned one of the military’s highest honors, the Bronze Star, as well as nearly a dozen others.
One might wonder if 30 years, two master’s degrees, a slew of awards, and life on four continents has distanced Parramore from his time studying Bible at Cairn. But speaking with students in a class taught by Yunn Kang, dean of the School of Business, he seemed quite at home. Parramore’s story resonated with students wrestling with uncertainty about their calling. “If you don’t know what to do, pick a direction as best you can, based on how you’re led at that moment. Then, every day, do well at what you do. My dark years were the ones where I was trying to manipulate my circumstances, striving for that next promotion, trying to ‘get somewhere.’ Today, it’s really about ‘How can I help people?’”
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