Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Gov. Perry Names Stephenson as Deputy Chief of Staff and Parsons as Deputy Director of Communications

Monday, March 25, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

Gov. Rick Perry has named MacGregor Stephenson as deputy chief of staff and Rich Parsons as deputy director of communications for the Office of the Governor.

"I value MacGregor's advice and counsel, and I'm glad to have his leadership skills and policy expertise back in my office," Gov. Perry said. "As a former reporter and communications advisor to several state leaders, Rich brings extensive knowledge and experience to my press shop, and I look forward to working with him."

Stephenson served as assistant commissioner for workforce, academic affairs and research for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he represented the American Association of Community Colleges as their state director and worked with public and private institutions of higher education. While the associate vice chancellor for academic affairs at the Texas A&M University system, he managed the system branch campus in Killeen and worked with A&M campuses around the state. From 2002 to 2006, he worked for the Office of the Governor as a member of the governor's review team, advisor for higher education budgets and policy, and interim chief of staff to the Texas Building and Procurement Commission. Stephenson received a law degree from the University of Denver, and a PhD in higher education administration from Texas A&M University.

Parsons served as communications director for the Texas Secretary of State since 2011. He served as press secretary to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and was an award-winning a reporter for KXAN-TV in Austin, as well as other TV stations in North Carolina and Virginia and Mississippi. Parsons has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Washington, and is married with two young children.


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