Carol Whittington serves as the Senior Vice President of the Ascension Leader Institute and as Executive Director for the Ascension Leadership Academy. She also provides executive leadership for Talent Stewardship and Organizational Development & Learning within Ascension’s Human Resources ministry-wide function.
While a graduate student in 1992, Carol joined Sacred Heart Health System, a health ministry of Ascension, located in Pensacola, Florida. Since serving in her first entry level role as a Compensation Analyst, she has held many progressive Human Resource leadership positions, leading to her appointment in 2005 as Chief Human Resource Officer (CHRO) for Sacred Heart. In 2011 her role was expanded to include Providence Health System in Mobile, Alabama.
In 2015, Carol transitioned from the CHRO role for Ascension’s Gulf Coast Ministry Market to establish and operate the programs which comprise the Ascension Leader Institute. The Institute integrates organizational, spiritual, theological and professional formation for the holistic development of the leader in all of us – in mind, body and spirit. It was established to promote a pathway of growth for capable associates at all levels across Ascension, with programs to meet the needs of associates throughout the career cycle.
Carol is a passionate advocate for developing a pipeline of exceptional virtuous servant leaders with intentionality and focus. She is an example herself of someone who has “grown where she was planted” at Ascension, embracing stretch assignments and formative learning opportunities to pursue her vocational calling in service.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Olivet University in Kankakee, Illinois, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida, is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has participated in the RBL Group’s HR Learning Partnership for HR Executives in Park City, Utah.
Carol has served as a former Board Member to the Northwest Florida Chapter of the American Red Cross, is a member of “Impact 100” Women in Leadership Program for the Pensacola Bay Area, is a graduate of Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) and was previously named as one of Pensacola’s “40 under 40” Emerging Leaders. She has served on Ascension’s Pension Committee of the Board since 2009, and is a graduate of Cohort 5 of the Executive Ministry Leadership Program.