Larry Parsons ’83 From First Generation Student to Top Legal Officer

ParsonsLarry Parsons, a first generation college student from a small town, was certain he would attend medical school after his time at TCU. After participating in the Honors Program, however, his views changed and he is now the senior vice president and chief legal officer for McClain Company, Inc.

The honors courses, especially the colloquia, helped Parsons broaden his interests. The classes provided Parsons with the opportunity to take courses outside of his major.

“I learned to think about things in a way I had never thought before,” said Parsons.

In 1983, after completing both University and Departmental Honors, Parsons graduated cum laude with a B.S. degree in Biology. He then participated in TCU’s English Master’s program for a year before continuing on to Vanderbilt University School of Law where he graduated in the top 5 percent.

Parsons’ career has included employment and labor law with Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, being an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., serving as a senior director for Motorola Inc. and being the vice president, legal and chief ethics and compliance officer for Freescale Semiconductor.

In 2012, Parsons, along with 40 other Honors graduates, was asked to join and develop a Board of Visitors for the John V. Roach Honors College. The purpose of the board is to provide support to the Honors College Dean and help ensure the continued success of the Honors College.

“It is interesting and fulfilling to see how far the Honors Program has come,” said Parsons.

When he was attending TCU, it was an Honors Program not an Honors College.

“I enjoy being involved and focusing on what I can do to help the current students,” Parsons continued.

Helping students sometimes includes career advice such as: “The way you advance yourself and your career is to take some chances on projects that are outside of your comfort zone. You have to reach out even if you don’t feel qualified because it’s better to take the chance of failing than to never try.”

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