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Nashia Whittenburg Appointed Lead for Strategic Initiatives, Community Engagement, and Well-Being

The School of Social Work is excited to share the appointment of Professor Nashia Whittenburg as the Lead for Strategic Initiatives, Community Engagement, and Well-Being. With over 20 years of higher education experience in student engagement, she has established a strong reputation as a dedicated professional with a specialization in transformational service and leadership. In this position, Professor Whittenburg will work closely with Dr. Dyson in leading efforts and initiatives that support outreach, engagement, and intentional inclusivity for faculty, staff, students, and other constituencies of the School of Social Work.

“I am excited about Professor Whittenburg joining our Administrative Team and helping to move our School forward through initiatives and activities that not only position us in contributing to the expansion of the social work workforce in North Carolina, but also assists in increasing a sense of belonging, enhanced well-being, and inclusivity within our School,” said Dr. Yarneccia D. Dyson, Executive Director and Head of the School of Social Work. “Her extensive experience and expertise not only situates our School to achieve all three College of Humanities and Social Sciences Strategic Priorities, but also ensures that we are aligned with the NC State WolfPack 2030 Strategic Plan goals.”

Professor Whittenburg has been with the Wolfpack since 2017, when she was hired as the Director of Multicultural Student Affairs and a part-time instructor for the School of Social Work. In 2021, she followed her passion for social justice and equity by joining our School as a full-time faculty member.

Prior to this, Whittenburg graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia. She then continued her education by pursuing her graduate studies at Stony Brook University (NY)
receiving a master’s degree in social welfare. Afterwards, she served as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Armstrong State University (now Georgia Southern) and as Associate Director for Multicultural Affairs at St. Johns University. Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from Northcentral University.