Dr. Wesley Whittaker
In August 2017, Dr. Wesley L. Whittaker became Dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Langston University.
Dr. Whittaker was born and raised in Jamaica. After primary and secondary education, he left Jamaica and enrolled at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCA&T), Greensboro, N.C., where he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics with minor in Economics (Summa cum Laude-Highest Honors). He continued his academic career by earning a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He recently completed the LEAD21 Leadership training program, sponsored by the Association of Public Land-Grant Universities (APLU).
Immediately after completing his Ph.D., Dr. Whittaker returned to Jamaica where he accepted a faculty position at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He served as Lecturer/Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Economics and later as Assistant Dean in the faculty of Social Sciences. In 1996, Dr. Whittaker joined Alcorn State University in Lorman, Mississippi. First, he served as a Professor and Program Leader for Agricultural Economics/International Agriculture in the Department of Agriculture. He was later appointed Assistant Dean for Research and most recently as Assistant Dean for Academics in the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.
Dr. Whittaker is an accomplished scholar, researcher and leader. Some of his distinctions and awards while at Alcorn State University include: President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Outstanding Faculty Honoree in the State of Mississippi, Certificate of Award for Outstanding Participation in Sponsored Program activities, Outstanding Faculty/Teaching Award for Distinguished Service to the Department of Agriculture.
Dr. Whittaker is highly regarded by his students and colleagues who applaud his ability to create a dynamic, engaging learning and work environment. He is dedicated to constantly expanding opportunities for all. As he transitions into his role at Langston University, “he sees a positive future for the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.” He embraces the years ahead with optimism, teamwork and vigor. “He firmly believes that with collaboration and collegiality, we will create the collective outcomes and impacts in academics, research, outreach and community engage that we earnestly seek.”