The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has selected Kay Whittington to serve as the director of the Office of Land and Water Resources. Whittington replaces Richard Ingram, who retired. Whittington has been with MDEQ for 16 years and has served as chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division since 2009.
She and her family reside in Jackson, and she is a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. She earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on water resources. She is a licensed professional engineer and a board-certified environmental engineer.
Ingram is a 21-year veteran of MDEQ and specialized in a myriad of water-related programs. He is a registered professional geologist and is recognized statewide and nationally for his commitment and expertise in water quality issues. He has served in numerous leadership positions at the national and regional levels in forums that address Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico water quality issues including the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. He has been instrumental in the formation and the work of the Mississippi Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force addressing water quantity issues in the Mississippi Delta.
Ingram held a variety of positions at the agency including MDEQ special projects administrator, statewide manager of Basin Management Program and statewide manager of Drinking Water Assessment and Protection Programs.