position is professor of physics at North Carolina
Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT) and
senior adviser for research with the University of North
Carolina System — North Carolina’s state office of higher
education — where he manages an extensive portfolio of
He earlier served as
provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at NCAT,
and as dean of the College of Science and Technology at the
University of Southern Mississippi.
As NCAT provost, he was
successful in growing enrollment and retention, improving
student success and raising the university's research
profile. As dean at Southern Mississippi, he led the
development of new programs in engineering, science and
logistics, and innovative initiatives to support students
and increase research, scholarship and creative activities.
A physicist specializing
in liquid crystal and polymer materials, Whitehead has a
strong background in applied sciences and research and has
held faculty appointments both in physics and chemistry.
The move marks a return
to Ohio for Whitehead, who received both his master’s and
doctorate in physics from Kent State University.