Whittington received a master's degree in art history from the University of Florida in Gainesville and a bachelor's of art in anthropology from the University of West Georgia in Carrollton. He has served as a guest speaker for various organizations across the country and authored an assortment of papers.
He will succeed Glen Gentele, who left the Oklahoma City museum in April 2012 after three years as its president and CEO. Gentele recently was named the new director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art in Florida.
At the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Gentele succeeded longtime director Carolyn Hill, who retired at the end of 2008 and died in May 2010 at the age of 72.