Ruth Gilbert-Whitner

MCAA Board - Class of 1972


Ruth Gilbert-Whitner has spent her adult professional life in PreK-12 public education as a tutor, teacher, and administrator. For nearly 10 years, she served as the Superintendent of Schools of the Whitman-Hanson Regional School District in Massachusetts. Currently, Ruth is coaching new superintendents, facilitating strategic planning, and leading accreditation visiting teams in New England and internationally.  

A strong proponent of ensuring that all students are career and college ready, Ruth is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting equitable programs for students and staff that promote global competencies that foster the academic and social skills necessary in the 21st century. She attributes professional affiliations with the American Association of School Superintendents (AASA), the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges), Primary Source, Responsive Classroom, and the New Superintendents Induction Program as well as participation in international study tours and travel to China, Finland, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Denmark, and the United Arab Emirates as being instrumental in establishing and nurturing her leadership goals and vision.

Coupled with Ruth’s long-time career in public education is her commitment to addressing the issues of hunger, homelessness, and affordable housing. For nearly 30 years, she has coordinated the planning, preparing, and serving of meals at the Pine Street Inn, New England’s leading provider of housing, shelter, street outreach, and job training to homeless men and women in Greater Boston through her involvement at Hingham Congregational Church. Ruth was recognized by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for her leadership in community service in the public schools.

Ruth holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) from Bridgewater State University, a Master’s degree in Science Education from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Marietta College.

Ruth lives in a late 17th century home in Hingham, Massachusetts, with her husband, Michael Whitner, a pediatrician.  They have a son, a daughter, and three grandchildren.