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Parker Henley

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Assistant Professor

Office: 109C Animal Science

Phone: 405.744.9280



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Parker Henley is an assistant professor of applied animal science in our department. His appointment is 75% Teaching and 25% Extension. He teaches multiple undergraduate courses each semester at OSU, along with his coaching responsibilities for the OSU Livestock Judging Team.

About Dr. Henley

Parker Henley is a professor in the Department of Animal and Food Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Growing up on his family’s Angus and Charoloais cattle operation, his interest in livestock blossomed at a young age which led him to pursue it as a career. Parker started his education at Bulter Community College where he was an active member of the livestock judging team. This led him to Kansas State University where he continued his judging career and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Animal Science. While continuing his education, Parker began his coaching career at the University of Illinois. There, he received his Master’s of Science degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree. His position at University of Illinois allowed him to mentor assistant coaches, coordinate fundraising efforts and work in conjunction with the Illinois 4-H Club association. Henley has also performed and published research in cattle nutrition, management, reproduction and performance.

After years in Illinois, Parker accepted a teaching position at Oklahoma State University as Assistant Professor in Applied Animal Science along with the opportunity to coach the livestock judging team. He has been with OSU since 2019.

Parker pairs his passion for livestock and helping position young leaders for the industry as the driving force behind all he does. Parker has a long history of coaching students towards their goals. While at Illinois, he led his teams to multiple top 10 finishes at national contests and coached five All Americans. Because of Oklahoma’s prominence to the country’s best livestock, Parker believes OSU is the premier agricultural college in the nation.

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