New Scholarship at Catawba College Targets Females Majoring in Business
January 13, 2009
Catawba College alumna Sally Whitney '77 of Mooresville has made a gift to establish the Parham-Whitney Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at her alma mater. The new fund will provide scholarship assistance to deserving females majoring in business.
"We are extremely grateful to Sally for giving back to Catawba in this way," said Catawba Senior Vice President Tom Childress. "She is a business leader and sets a fine example to other young women aspiring to a career in business."
"I am excited to set up this scholarship to honor both of my parents, Ora and Kenneth ("Whit") Whitney, as well as their parents (my grandparents), Sadie and William Parham, and Helene and Arthur Whitney," explained Whitney.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., Whitney earned a bachelor of arts degree in accounting, economics and business from Catawba and played two sports, basketball and volleyball, while she was an undergraduate.
The year she graduated was also the year she began her career with Duke Power Company. Since landing her initial job at Duke Power which is today known as Duke Energy, Whitney has held a variety of leadership positions in information technology and information management. She has also helped develop and support computerized applications for areas including human resources, financial and materials management.
Whitney directed Duke Energy's enterprise-wide Year 2000 Program, which was designated "best-in-class" in independent reviews. In that assignment, she was responsible for matrix management of more than 20 projects throughout the world to assure Duke Energy's systems were Y2k ready.
A certified public accountant in North Carolina, she holds her master's of business administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and is also certified as a project management professional from the Project Management Institute of which she is a member.
Currently, Whitney serves as the senior vice president for financial re-engineering and financial information technology for Duke Energy. In this role, she directs the major finance process improvement initiatives and associated revamping of the supporting information systems.
A strong supporter of Catawba, she currently serves on the College's Board of Visitors. In October during a luncheon associated with Catawba's homecoming activities, she was one of three alumni who were recognized as recipients of the institution's Distinguished Alumnus(a) Award.