Doug Parker

Economics and Management; member, Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
Graduate/Professional School:
M.B.A., Vanderbilt University
Tempe, Ariz.
Chief Executive Officer, American Airlines Group, Inc.

Albion inspired Doug.

At a time when computer programming was just becoming a popular career choice, Doug studied computer science. But it was in a microeconomics class—taken as part of his core liberal arts studies—that he saw how his math skills could have real-world value, as well as incredible financial rewards.

An airline industry leader for more than two decades, Doug recently became chief executive officer of American Airlines Group, the world's largest carrier following the merger of American and US Airways. At Albion, he gained a fundamental understanding of how economies work, and he chose an industry where his business management studies could be put to good use. He relies on this background every day as he continues to shape the future of commercial aviation.

I was drawn to Albion for sports, but it was the liberal arts education that made all the difference.

Take It Further: Profile on Doug in Io Triumphe! magazine; Doug interviewed on NPR; Doug featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer; Economics and Management, Gerstacker Institute