Meet Former Marine Corps Drill Sergeant, Eddy Whitten, Director of Admissions, Queens Campus, Sir!
Drill instructor duty is considered one of the most honored and valuable positions a Marine can hold. A veteran of twenty years in the Marine Corps, rank E-7 Gunnery Sergeant, selected for E-8 First Sergeant, Eddy Whitten was stationed in North Carolina, Virginia, California, Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia and the Philippines. As drill instructor, Eddy was the initial person to provide basic knowledge to new recruits. He trained and mentored enlisted men, officers and non-commissioned officers, “I got them into shape, made Marines out of them!” he says with great pride.
The art of instilling Marine corps values of “honor, courage and commitment” transitioned Whitten’s experience into what has become eight years as Director of Admissions at Allen School. Guiding his large team of career planners as it screens new applicants and makes critical selection of those who meet the criteria for admission, Whitten draws a strong parallel between the training and mentoring he did in the Corps with the training and mentoring he provides to his team. Under his guidance, the career planners are entrusted with selecting only “a few good men” (and women) for the Allen School programs. All candidates selected are further assessed by Whitten to determine whether they have what it takes to make the sacrifices necessary to get into shape for meeting the challenges of a career in the medical field and for making it into the Allen School Speed Staffing System™ program at the end. Graduation day for Eddy Whitten is a celebration equal to that of graduating a platoon. “You can’t help but remember,” he says, ” the first day you met the student and feel great respect and appreciation for what they have accomplished as they are poised to enter their career of choice.” Whitten is a champion in every way, including Racquetball for which he achieved #2 ranking in competition in San Diego, California (1995). He is also the father of daughter Latoya, who is also in the medical field, and grandfather of Elijah, 6.5 yrs. old