James R. Whitehead, Ed.D., M.S.
James Whitehead is executive vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) in Indianapolis, Indiana, a position he has held since 1990. Prior to his appointment at ACSM, Dr. Whitehead served in executive roles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery in Washington, DC, from 1987 to 1990, and also was a principal with an association management firm that specialized in health and science NGOs and political candidates at the U.S. federal level. Dr. Whitehead’s area of research and practice focuses on innovation within planning processes, as well as health policy and administration. He has published articles in health, public policy, and organizational literature. Dr. Whitehead has received honor awards from many professional associations, including the International Academy of Sports Vision, the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology, the Council for Better Hearing and Speech, and the American College of Sports Medicine. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, receiving degrees in political science (public administration) and history (business and medical history).