Barton School’s Office of Career and Professional Development names executive director

The Barton School of Business has appointed Mel Whiteside as the inaugural executive director of the school’s Office of Career and Professional Development (OCPD).

The new OCPD was announced in fall 2022 along with a $540,000 gift from Meritrust Credit Union to expand the career efforts of the Barton School. Many of the college’s career programs are now housed within OCPD including Executive-in-Residence, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Widener Global Leaders Program, Professional Edge and others.

Whiteside has more than 15 years of higher education experience and more than 20 years of private industry experience with FlightSafety International, Koch Industries and others. He most recently served as the dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Butler Community College.