Title: Dean, Professor
Company: College of Graduate Studies, Concordia University
Location: River Forest, Illinois
Robert Wilhite, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies at Concordia University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of higher education.
Kindhearted and compassionate, Dr. Wilhite has dedicated himself to educating others. He struggled with dyslexia throughout school, but fortunately in high school his teachers, Mr. Claridge and Mr. Hughes, took a special interest. They and his grandmother Jessie Wilhite, who had educational training despite never teaching, ultimately inspired him to pursue teaching. In preparation for his influential career, Dr. Wilhite earned a Bachelor of Arts in humanities from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, a Master of Education in reading and learning disabilities and a Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction and administration, both from Loyola University of Chicago.
Dr. Wilhite has been the dean for the College of Graduate Studies at Concordia University Chicago since 2014 and has also served as a professor of leadership for the institution since 2007. Before holding these positions, he has been a superintendent for the Township High School District 215, a principal for the Center for Science and Technology within the school district and a curriculum supervisor of reading and language arts for Waukegan Public Schools in Illinois. He has also held several principalships at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. In addition to these positions, Dr. Wilhite worked as a legal specialist in the judge advocate general’s office for the US Army.
Bettering any organization with which he has been affiliated, Dr. Wilhite holds membership with organizations such as the School Superintendents Association, the Midwest Principal Center and the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial Foundation Committee, among others. He has been recognized for his success, winning awards such as Campaign Excellence Award from United Way in 1983, the Outstanding Teacher of the Year from the University of Chicago from 1979 to 1980 and an Army Commendation Medal in 1972. Additionally, Dr. Wilhite has been named as one of the Outstanding Young Men of America in 1982 and 1984.
Of all his career achievements, Dr. Wilhite is most proud of the books he has written since they have made an immense impact on his students. His works include “Ethics and Politics in School Leadership” and “Supervision and Evaluation for Learning and Growth” as well as other works people in the field of education continue to reference. A testament to his notoriety, Dr. Wilhite has earned The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.
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