Islander Alumnus Named Commissioner of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Published: April 20, 2016

Islander Alumnus Named Commissioner of Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Islander alumnus, Henry “Hank” Whitman, has been named to lead the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), parent agency of Child Protective Services. Whitman earned a Master of Public Administration in Criminal Justice in 2000 from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. Whitman will begin his tenure as DFPS Commissioner effective May 1, 2016.

“Nothing is more important than protecting our children and I'm honored to be given this sacred trust,” Whitman said. “We've got Texas’ future in our hands and everything we do will focus on making sure these kids have their chance to shine.”

Whitman is expected to lead a team that will provide new direction, clear goals and high accountability to ensure that Texas children remain safe, the agency’s core mission. Whitman and his team will work to overhaul the operations of Child Protective Services, rebuilding structures that are failing and improving systems that are working.

Earlier in this career, Whitman spent 22 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety. In 2001, Whitman was promoted to Texas Ranger Sergeant, a position he held until he was promoted to Ranger Lieutenant in 2005. He was promoted to Ranger Captain in 2008 and served in this capacity until his promotion to Deputy Assistant Director in 2009. In 2011, Whitman was named Chief of the Texas Rangers. During his tenure with the Texas Rangers, Whitman created and supervised the elite Texas Ranger Reconnaissance Team that led border security operations. Whitman is also a military veteran, having served in the United States Marine Corps.

After retiring from the Texas Rangers in 2012, Whitman founded Whitman Consulting, a professional service company that provides security consulting and private investigations, where he currently serves as president.