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Dr. Mark Whitaker

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      Rev. Dr. Mark Micaiah Whitaker is the third of four children born to Bishop James M. and Otelia McIntyre Whitaker of Portsmouth, VA.  He is married to Dr. Ingrid Whitaker, who serves as a Tenured Associate Professor of Sociology at Old Dominion University.  They are the proud parents of four children, James, Naomi, Nathaniel, and Rachel.

     Dr. Whitaker was educated in the Portsmouth Public School System.  In 1983, he graduated 4th in his class with honors from Manor High School.  Dr. Whitaker furthered his education at Virginia Tech where he was the recipient of a full-athletic scholarship in basketball, served as President of the Black Student Alliance, was listed as Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges, and graduated from Virginia Tech in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science.  He received his Masters of Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and, in 1993, received the Doctor of Jurisprudence (Law Degree) from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he served as President of the Black Law Students Association in 1992 and 1993 and served on the College of Law Honor Council.  Dr. Whitaker has done further studying in the R.B. Pamplin College of Business Doctoral Program at Virginia Tech and the Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union in the Masters of Divinity program.

     Dr. Whitaker presently serves as an Associate Professor with Tenure at the historic Hampton University where he teaches Business Law, Ethics, and International Business in the School Business.   In 1992, Dr. Whitaker was licensed as a minister and ordained in June of 1995.  Moreover, Dr. Whitaker serves as the Assistant Pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA where his father, Bishop James M. Whitaker has served as the Pastor since 1964 and his mother, Otelia McIntyre Whitaker, is the Minister of Music.  Under the direction of his father, Dr. Whitaker expanded the endowment fund ministry, computerized the operations of the church and church credit union, revised the catering business of the church, coordinated the purchase of the former Bona Villa 14 acre apartment complex, created the New Bethel Development, LLC responsible for development of the multi-family complex, “The Evergreens of Bethel”, developed the Wednesday night Christian Development Institute, and reorganized the Diaconate Ministry.

     In May 2002, Dr. Whitaker was elected to the Portsmouth School Board as the youngest person ever elected to the Portsmouth School Board and was re-elected in May 2006 and 2010.

     Dr. Whitaker is one who believes that, through Christ, we can do all things; to God be the glory for the great things he has done.