Wesley L. Whittaker

Wesley L. Whittaker
School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences
E.L. Holloway, Room 116
(405) 466-3138
(405) 466-6149

In August 2017, Dr. Wesley L. Whittaker became Dean of the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences at Langston University. He graduated from North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, N.C., where he earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics with minor in Economics (Summa cum Laude). He continued his academic career by earning a M.S. in Agricultural Economics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Consumer Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He completed the LEAD21 Leadership training program, sponsored by the Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU), as well as other professional development programs.

Immediately after completing his Ph.D., Whittaker accepted a faculty position at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. 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 then assistant Dean for Academics in the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

Whittaker is an accomplished scholar, researcher, and leader. He has participated in and led several international partnerships in countries throughout the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe. Some of his distinctions and awards 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, and Outstanding Faculty/Teaching Award for Distinguished Service to the Department of Agriculture. His research focused on economic development, rural labor markets, food insecurity, and poverty alleviation. These areas also reflect his core intellectual and life’s purpose. He desires to always seek to find ways by which to improve the human social and economic conditions. He is highly regarded by his former students and colleagues who have applauded his ability to create a dynamic, engaging learning and work environment. He is committed to constantly expand opportunities for all.