"Lindsey is a classy, distinguished person who possesses a wealth of experience and knowledge," begins Dale Lanigan, Interim Chair of Sociology & Justice Studies. "He is a very effective teacher and mentor who is generous with his time and is always willing to help students. We are blessed to have him as a faculty member."
Professor Lindsey Whitehead's expertise and rapport with students is evident. That is one of the reasons he has taught at Lourdes for 13 years. His repertoire of classes includes Introduction to Sociology; Correctional Assessment, Casework and Counseling with Multicultural Offenders; The Civil Rights Movement; and Multicultural Diversity.
Having taken his Intro to Sociology class previously as a student, this writer quickly noticed how Professor Whitehead's teaching techniques, delivery and presence encouraged insightful class discussions.
Before teaching, he served his country for 20 years in the United States Air Force. Having obtained the status of Sergeant, Lindsey lived six years in Europe and served one tour in Vietnam. Born in Dublin, GA, Lindsey and his wife Aleada moved to Toledo in the ''70s after he retired from the service to be closer to his relatives.
Having received his Bachelor of Art in Sociology in 1978 from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX, he attended The University of Toledo earning both Master of Public Administration and Master of Education degrees in 1983.
His sociology and criminal justice career includes 16 years with the Lucas County Adult Probation program serving as Director for eight of those years. He began teaching probation and parole at Owens Community College in 1989.
At the end of 1992, Lindsey decided to change gears and accepted the role of Director for Owens' counseling department. During his four years in this role, he continued to teach probation and parole classes on a part-time basis until 2000.
Lindsay chose to teach at Lourdes because of the "nurturing environment among faculty, staff and students." One of the lessons he tries to impart to his students is the importance of sociology. "I hope students understand that sociological concepts are useful in everyday life," he adds.
Colleagues and students alike describe him as a man of integrity who works diligently and wholeheartedly at fulfilling his goals. His accomplishments include successful military, professional and teaching careers, husband and father.
Married for 53 years, he and Aleada enjoy time spent with their five children and seven grandchildren. As Lindsey points out, "These are my greatest joys."