William A. Parsons, Jr., PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Parsons

Bill Parsons is the CEO for Timberline Knolls. He recently came to Acadia Healthcare from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, (VUMC) in Nashville, Tenn., where he served as Chief Administrator of the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and Associate Executive Director of Vanderbilt Behavioral Health from 2009 to 2014. In that role, he led system-wide Psychiatric Services Steering Committee to develop a new strategic plan for Vanderbilt Psychiatric Services, including outpatient and partial services. Upon his hiring by Acadia, he was in the process of leading a task force to produce a new three-year plan to include population health initiatives and integration of behavioral health throughout the medical center and its affiliates.

He most recently completed a one year assignment for Acadia to open a new 120 bed psychiatric hospital in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. A joint venture between Acadia Healthcare and Southcoast Health, he was successful in partnering with Southcoast to open the new hospital and transition staff, and patients from their 30 bed inpatient unit located at St. Luke’s hospital to the new facility. He was responsible for hiring the management team, recruiting physicians, developing the operating plan and preparing the hospital for successful Joint Commission survey and state Licensure through the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health.

He was the founder of Ventures Healthcare, a management company responsible for providing psychiatric services to med/surg hospitals and community mental health centers. He was Adminstrator of Rivendell Psychiatric Hospital, part of Vendell Healthcare, Inc, an 80 bed JCAHO-accredited, HCFA-certified, private, for-profit psychiatric hospital serving adolescents, adults and geriatric patients in Panama City, FL. He served as Director of the not-for-profit Adult Outpatient Services of Mental Health Services Inc. in Gainesville, FL, as well.

Bill has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and M. Ed in Counselor Education from Auburn University, a Certificate of Gerontology and PhD of Counselor Education from the University of Florida. He most recently served on the Board of Directors for several organizations, including Park Center and Mental Health America of Middle Tennessee, both in Nashville, Tennessee and is currently a member of the national board of directors for Mental Health America based in Alexandria, Virginia.