A lawyer by trade and the state College Board president by appointment, Amy Whitten has found challenging – and lucrative – work keeping Mississippi agencies from seeing their management gutted by retirements.
The consulting firm she formed in 1996 has received nearly $3.5 million in consulting contracts from state agencies over the past eight years.
After learning several years ago that more than 40 percent of management personnel were eligible to retire, the state Department of Mental Health took bids for training and planning – a bid won by The Whitten Group.
The department has been the second-biggest purchaser of her company’s consulting services, paying her $387,802 over the past three years. The first is the Mississippi Department of Transportation.