Quality Lead/ Metallurgist, Alcoa Texarkana Works
Jill Whittington, a Texarkana transplant, moved to town 11 years ago to work as a Metallurgist at Alcoa, after spending six years at the Alcoa facility outside of Knoxville, Tennessee. When the local plant idled in 2009, Jill changed paths and put her professional skills to work in the non-profit sector as the Executive Director of Harvest Texarkana for four years. In 2013, she returned to industry as the Facilities and Compliance Manager at Humco. Then in the fall of 2015, with the announcement of the reopening of the Alcoa facility, she returned full circle and is back as the Quality Lead/ Metallurgist at Alcoa Texarkana Works.
Jill was born and raised in West Virginia. A die-hard Yellow Jacket, she received her Bachelor of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1998 and her MSBA from Texas A&M University – Texarkana in 2011. She is excited to bring her experiences from a university with deep-rooted traditions to A&M-Texarkana as it develops its own traditions and history as a four-year university with intercollegiate athletics.
Having chosen to make Texarkana her home, Jill is deeply invested in the community. Beyond her time at Harvest Texarkana, she has volunteered with many organizations in town, including Literacy Council Executive Board, Junior Achievement, Leadership Texarkana (2006 program graduate), and Texarkana Independent School District Volunteers in Public Service. She is also the current secretary of the A&M-Texarkana Alumni Association Board of Directors, and she volunteers with the Junior League of Texarkana. Jill is married to James, and they have two sons, Nathan and Seth.