Citizen of the Year: Gary Whitley
Gary Whitley has served in the Bend School District for more than 30 years, touching the lives of and giving guidance to thousands of students. He is an inspiring man of passion, high integrity and limitless energy who works productively with people to produce results that are empowering to them.
“He goes the extra mile, making phone calls to a college on behalf of a student, investigating the best possible solution to a troubled student’s issue, or making certain a student gets into the class they need to graduate,” a nomination letter for Whitley stated. “Gary Whitley’s spirit is infectious and his contributions go far beyond Bend Senior High School; he makes a tremendous impact on our community each and every day.”