President Leo M. Lambert has promoted Gerald Whittington to the position of senior vice president for business, finance and technology in recognition of his 18 years of service to Elon University.
“In his years as vice president for business, finance and technology, Gerald Whittington has managed a tremendous period of growth in the university’s budget, physical plant and staff,” Lambert said. “This promotion recognizes the central and historic role Gerald has played in Elon’s development. His wise leadership and wide range of knowledge and skills continue to be tremendous assets to this university, and we look forward to his future contributions as senior vice president.”
Since Whittington joined Elon in 1992, Elon’s budget has grown from $29 million to about $160 million, the endowment has increased from $12 million to about $100 million, 84 buildings have been constructed or acquired, student enrollment has increased from 3,200 to nearly 5,600 and the number of faculty and staff have grown from 350 to about 1,300.
Whittington currently serves on the national board for doctoral/comprehensive institutions of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He also serves on the board of the New American Colleges and Universities.
Prior to joining Elon, Whittington served as vice president for business and finance at Agnes Scott College and has served in the administration at the University of Virginia, Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Whittington has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MBA from Duke University. He regularly serves as a speaker on the topics of higher education finance, institutional planning and construction, and is a finance and administration evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.