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The Morris W. H. (Bill) Collins Speaker Series

Photo of Amy D. Whitten, J.D.

April 11, 2002     Video

Amy Whitten is an attorney, law professor and management consultant with over 20 years experience. A former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Mississippi and Counsel/Court Administrator to the Mississippi Supreme Court, Ms. Whitten has extensive experience in public sector management and its related legal issues.

As chief operating officer to Mississippi's highest court, Ms. Whitten functioned as an executive legal manager for a number of years, supervising all administrative functions of the court's operation and its 80 employees while also serving as the court's chief legal counsel. The 1991 winner of the Stennis Award for Excellence in State Government, Ms. Whitten frequently consults with businesses, government entities and non-profit organizations on issues ranging from strategic planning and change management to the enhancement of organizational leadership in a variety of contexts. She also provides services in the areas of employment law including human resources and liability issues.

Ms. Whitten is a graduate of the State Executive Development Institute (SEDI), serves as a permanent faculty member of the Mississippi Certified Public Managers Program and has over 15 years teaching experience in both the University of Mississippi Law School and the Mississippi College of Law. She is the author of The Mississippi Guide to Government (1997), a manual used by public officials and managers. Ms. Whitten also serves as a Commissioner on both the Mississippi Judicial Performance Commission and the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Ms. Whitten was awarded the Mississippi Bar Award of Merit in 1993 for her role in reforming the state court system. In 1996, she was inducted as a Fellow in the Mississippi Bar Foundation, an elite organization recognizing the top 5 percent of the state's attorneys. In 2000, she was selected as the Woman Lawyer of the Year for Mississippi. Most recently, Governor Ronnie Musgrove appointed her to serve a 12-year term on the Board of Institutions for Higher Learning, a statewide board that oversees Mississippi's universities. In August 2000, Ms. Whitten was selected as a member of the Mississippi University for Women National Board of Distinguished Women.

As a principal in the Whitten Group, Ms. Whitten currently provides services to over 50 public sector and non-profit organizations and a number of private corporations. The Group's mission is the successful intersection of policy and people. She delivers customized, integrated support in management functions, communications, systems change and complex workplace legal issues.