The University of South Carolina Upstate mourns the passing of Colonel William J. (Jack) Whitener, who served as Interim Chancellor from 1993 to 1994. Colonel Whitener passed away on November 13, a day after being recognized as Union County’s 2012 Veteran of the Year. You can view the article from the Union Daily Times here.
Prior to his appointment at USC Upstate, Whitener had served as dean of USC Union from 1977 until his retirement in 1984. Upon his retirement, he was named the first Dean Emeritus of the USC Union campus. He was also Chairman Emeritus of the Union-Laurens Commission on Higher Education.
A native of Gastonia, N.C., Whitener graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and held master’s degrees from Columbia University and George Washington University. Before beginning his career in higher education, Whitener served as chief of staff at the United States Military Academy and retired from the United States Army after serving as an officer in varied assignments throughout the world.
Among his many accomplishment and activities, Whitener served on the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education from 1985 until 1993 and in 1988, was named to the South Carolina Commission on the Future by Governor Carroll A. Campbell.
Whitener is survived by his wife, Martha Pacolette Sarratt, one daughter and one grandson.