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Misty Parsley 

Access & Learning Support

Executive Director, Office of Accessibility and Learning Support


Dr. Misty Vetter Parsley is a professor of Education and the Executive Director of the Office of Accessibility and Learning Supports at Lipscomb University. In her role, she oversees the ACCESS, IDEAL, and BEST programs while supporting faculty across campus with accessibility and universal design. She has bachelor and master degrees in Speech Language Pathology and a doctorate degree in Special Education Administration. She has dedicated her career to students with disabilities, previously serving as an autism consultant and special education coordinator in public schools. She has presented both locally and nationally on autism and postsecondary education topics. Misty’s passion is including people with disabilities in all aspects of the community and ensuring that they have the same opportunities to participate as do all other individuals. She started the IDEAL program, Igniting the Dream of Education and Access at Lipscomb, in January 2014 for students with intellectual disabilities and was the principal investigator of the TPSID grant from 2015-2020. In the Fall of 2023, she launched BEST, Bisons Excelling and Succeeding Together, for degree-seeking students with disabilities. Misty has also served on numerous nonprofit boards including Autism TN, Disability Rights TN, Genesis Academy, and was a founding board member of the Southeastern Postsecondary Education Alliance. 

Academic Department

Office of the Provost | IDEAL Staff