Thomas J. Whitacre
Tom Whitacre was born in Kennewick, Washington, and graduated from Kamiakin High School in 1972. He attended Washington State University, graduating in 1976 with a bachelor of arts in political science (cum laude) and a commission through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Program as a Distinguished Graduate. He later earned a master in business administration from the University of Montana in 1981.
His military career included assignments as a missile launch officer, a contracting officer, an assistant professor of aerospace studies, a contracting squadron commander, and an executive officer at the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Plant Representative Office at the Boeing Company in Seattle.
He has completed Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and the Education with Industry Program. His awards and decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Force Commendation Medal.
As an assistant professor, he returned to Washington State University and taught in the Department of Aerospace Studies from 1985 to 1989. Instructional areas included military history, U.S. government relations, national defense affairs, and political science topics. During these four years he also worked extensively with students as the department admissions/scholarship officer and advised students through the WSU Curriculum Advising Program (CAP).
After leaving the Air Force, he returned to WSU in 1996 and resumed his education career by accepting a position in the Registrar's Enrollment Services area, with later positions in the Office of Grant, Research, and Development and the Registrar's Academic Governance area.
With four years experience as a WSU student in the seventies, four years experience as a faculty member in the eighties, and 10 years of registrar and student services experience since the nineties, Tom brings a unique perspective for advising general studies students. He combines real world experience and a genuine interest in providing top-quality academic and career guidance to our students who are interested in a B.A. in humanities or a B.A. in social sciences through the College of Arts and Sciences.
Contact Tom Whitacre
CAS General Studies & Advising Center
Washington State University
Daggy Hall 201
PO Box 642421
Pullman, WA 99164-2421