Candidate for Columbia Board of Education, 3-year term
Jim Whitt is a retired General Electric executive and has served on the Columbia School Board since he was appointed last June to fill a vacant position previously held by Rosie Tippin.
If elected, Whitt’s biggest goals include closing the academic achievement gap that exists between students of different races and ethnicities and household income levels and ensure students and faculty have appropriate facilities. He believes in a bottoms-up approach in which teacher involvement is necessary to close the gap. Whitt supports the bond issue, also on the April 6 ballot, that would bring in $120 million for construction and building maintenance projects for the district.
ADDRESS: 3805 Keystone Court.
PERSONAL: Age 63. Married to Annelle for 17 years. They have two sons: Marcus, 17, and Jimmy, 13.
OCCUPATION: Retired General Electric executive and former business owner.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Indiana Institute of Technology and master of business administration degree from Indiana University. He is a graduate of the Kellogg School for Advanced Management Development Program.
BACKGROUND: Member of the Monsanto YMCA board and the JW Newgen Holdings Corp. board, and was appointed to the Columbia School Board last June to take a position vacated by Rosie Tippin. Started cPhase Sports Association with his wife. The nonprofit organization teaches commitment and success in athletics, academics and other areas of life to young men ages 12 to 18 through the pursuit of excellence in basketball.
ON THE WEB: Whitt has a campaign Web site at jamesawhitt.org.