Dr. Terry M. Whittaker currently serves as the Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success at the University of Delaware. In this role, he leads, manages, and evaluates university-wide student diversity and academic success initiatives. Dr. Whittaker was appointed to the position of Assistant Provost for Student Diversity and Success in 2003.
A University of Delaware administrator for 24 years, Dr. Whittaker served in the Lerner College of Business and Economics for 11 years. During his tenure from 1992 to 2003, Dr. Whittaker served as the Assistant Dean for Student Special Services, Assistant Dean for Student Professional Development, and Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Student Support Services. From 1983 to 1992, Dr. Whittaker served as the Director of the Resources to Insure Successful Engineering Program, and Director of Undergraduate Advisement and Student Services in the College of Engineering.
Dr. Whittaker serves on numerous civic boards and committees, including the
Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League Founding Board of Directors (2000-present),
United Way of Delaware Board of Directors (2003-present), Christiana Care Health System – Trustee Member (2002-present), MBNA Education Foundation (1997-2006), Forum to Advance Minorities in Engineering Board of Directors (1992-present), and the Aberdeen Civic Association Board of Directors (2001-present).
Dr. Whittaker is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the National Academic Advising Association, National Association of Academic Affairs Administrators, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. He has received many honors, including the University of Delaware Faculty Senate Excellence in Undergraduate Advising Award, Leon and Margaret Slocomb Professional Excellence Award, Brandywine Professional Association Outstanding Achiever in Education Award, INROADS/Philadelphia Educator of the Year Award, Aberdeen Civic Association Outstanding Community Service Award, and the Ivan Williams Award. Dr. Whittaker is a University of Delaware Diamond Donor and a member of the University’s Pillard Society.
Dr. Whittaker holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, a Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology from the University of Minnesota – Minneapolis, and a Doctor of Education in Administration and Policy from the University of Delaware.
Dr. Whittaker is married to Beverly and has a step-son. He and his wife reside in Middletown, Delaware.