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James Benjamin Whitaker

James Benjamin Whitaker, American health care facility administrator.


  • Whitaker, James Benjamin was born on September 2, 1944 in Lakeland, Florida, United States. Son of Richard Benjamin and Lillian (Ross) Whitaker.

  • Education

    • Student, Young Harris College, 1963. Bachelor, Florida Southern College, 1966. Master of Social Work, University North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1968.


    • Clinical social worker Health and Rehabilitation Services State of Florida, Avon Park, 1968-1970. Assistant director alcohol services Brevard Mental Health Center, Rockledge, Florida, 1970-1973, director substance abuse service, 1973-1975, assistant center director, 1975-1976. Executive director Brevard Mental Health Center and Hospital, Melbourne, Florida, 1976-1986.

      President Circles of Care, Inc., since 1986. Adjunct professor School Psychology, Nova University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1985.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member American College Hospital Executives, National Association Mental Health Administrators, Florida Council Community Mental Health (board directors since 1988, president 1979-1980), Psychiatric Hospital Committee Florida Hospital Association, Florida Association Volunteer Mental Health Hospitals (president since 1986), Local Health Council East Center Florida (chairman planning and development committee), Coast Club.



    Coin collecting/numismatics, stamp collecting/philately, gardening, travel.


    • Married Dorothy DeHaven Bissett, August 19, 1966. Children: James II, Candace, Andrew.
    • father: Richard Benjamin Whitaker
    • mother: Lillian (Ross) Whitaker
    • spouse: Dorothy DeHaven Bissett
    • children: James II Whitaker
    • Candace Whitaker
    • Andrew Whitaker
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    Born September 2, 1944
    (age 73)