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Fowler College of
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Gene Whittenburg Honored with Posthumous Advising Award

Devona Newport accepts the award from SDSU provost Chukuka Enwemeka

Devona Newport accepts the award from SDSU provost Chukuka Enwemeka

SDSU accounting professor, Dr. Gene Whittenburg, was honored posthumously with an inaugural 2015 Provost’s Outstanding Academic Advising Award on October 16, 2015. The award was accepted by his wife, Devona Newport.

The award is presented to SDSU faculty, administrators, staff and peer advisors who are nominated and selected by committee for their outstanding advising to SDSU students.

According to Sandra Williams, director of SDSU’s Office of Advising and Evaluations, Whittenburg was presented with the award “because of his unwavering commitment to providing exceptional academic and career advising to students in the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy.”

“Gene’s dedication to his students did not stop with a class or two. He took a personal interest in making sure that his students got good jobs and succeeded,” said Dr. Ray Whittington, a former colleague and current dean at the Drehaus College of Business at DePaul University. “Over the years, I witnessed his dedication to students and the relationship that he developed and maintained long after they graduated.”

teardrop-shaped crystal trophy: "presented to: Gerald Whittenburg"
We truly miss his contributions to the department, but he left us with a strong foundation to continue his work.
Dr. Janie Chang

In her remarks during the awards ceremony, Dr. Janie Chang, director of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy, said of Whittenburg: “We truly miss his contributions to the department, but he left us with a strong foundation to continue his work. On behalf of all his former students, we are pleased to recognize his contributions to student advising.”