Michael Whittington became the president and chief executive officer of Oklahoma City Museum of Art in 2013. During his tenure he has led the museum on a new audience-centered strategic vision supported by growth of the permanent collection and special exhibitions. Additionally, he has created new curatorial departments—American art and modern and contemporary Art—and spearheaded the education division in their transition to the division of learning and engagement. Previously, he served as executive director of the Monterey Museum of Art in Monterey, California, from 2005 to 2013; and as curator of pre-Columbian and African art at the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, from 1995 to 2005. Whittington has received numerous awards and recognitions, which include the Outstanding Achievement Award from the College of Art and Art History at the University of Florida, and the Gold Muse Award from the American Alliance of Museums. Whittington is a graduate of the Getty Leadership Institute and has completed executive education at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He received his MA in art history from the University of Florida, and BA in anthropology from the University of West Georgia.