William B. Whitworth was sworn in as the newest Coastal Bend College board trustee at the January 14, 2020, CBC Board Meeting.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Board of Trustees and President Hoggard at Coastal Bend College,” said Whitworth. “I pledge to continue the positive direction created by the existing Trustees,” added Whitworth.
Newly elected Board Trustee Whitworth has a background in the financial industry, a field he worked in for 34 years. He is a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi (Class VII), served as the past president of the Beeville Development Authority, past member of the Bee County Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Glenwood/St. Joseph Cemetery Foundation.
A veteran of the United States Army, Whitworth received Commission from Officer Candidate School from the Infantry School in Fort Benning, Georgia. Duty stations were Fort Polk, Louisiana and the Republic of Vietnam. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, two Bronze Star Medals, National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Ribbon and Vietnamese Campaign Ribbon.
“We had six very good applicants to fill this position, and we ultimately selected William Whitworth, who stated he wouldn’t seek re-election for the seat. We didn’t want to influence the May election, in any manner, in order for the people of Bee County to have their voice heard in that election,” said Carroll Lohse, CBC Board Chair.
Whitworth graduated from Texas College of Arts and Industries, Kingsville, Texas (now known as Texas A & M Kingsville) in 1967 with a BBA. In 1975, he earned his MBA from Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas.
Whitworth was appointed to the board to fill the vacancy of Vice-Chair George P. “ Trace” Morrill, III. Morrill was appointed by the Bee County Commissioner’s court to serve as county judge after Judge Stephanie Moreno was named the Executive Director of the South Texas Energy and Economic Roundtable. Trustee Jeff Massengill was elected by the board to the position of Vice-Chair.