Mr. Whitney is a graduate of the University of South Alabama. He received his B.S. degree with a double major in business administration and secondary education in 1989. His certifications include business and history. He completed his M.S. in 1995 from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision.
Prior to enrolling at the University of South Alabama, Mr. Whitney attended Alabama Southern Community College on a baseball scholarship.
Mr. Whitney also serves on the Mississippi Department of Education's advisory council for the prospectus of implementing career academies throughout the state.
Prior to becoming the principal of George County High School, Mr. Whitney spent twenty-five years in the Mobile County Public School System - located in Mobile, Alabama. While in Mobile, he served the district in a variety of roles. These roles included - but were not limited to - the following: high school principal, middle school principal, assistant principal, athletic director, head football coach, Title I Facilitator, and classroom teacher.
During his tenure as an administrator in the state of Alabama, Mr. Whitney was identified by the Mobile County Public School System and the Alabama Department of Education as an Alabama Mentor Principal. This distinction allowed Mr. Whitney to serve as an official mentor to new principals throughout the state of Alabama.
Also during his administrative career in Alabama, the Southern Regional Educational Board recognized the middle school where he was principal- and then the high school where he was principal - as both a Pacesetter School and a Golden Achievement School. He also was recently selected by the same Southern Regional Educational Board to serve on their National Administrators Advisory Council.
Additionally, Mr. Whitney has presented at several national conferences on topics such as the implementation of wall-to-wall career academies, administrative mentorship, using data meetings to drive instruction, and the role of the administration in developing a school climate of high expectations.
Mr. Whitney has also been recognized nationally by the National Education Trust and was asked to present in Washington D.C. on the topic of positive school transformation.
Both his wife Robin and their daughter Blakeley are teachers, as well. The Whitney family enjoys all sports, traveling, and attending Auburn football games.
Mr. Whitney is also a high school and college baseball umpire.