Statesboro honors retired GSU professor

A local actor and former GSU professor was celebrated at the Emma Kelly Theater in Statesboro on Sunday.


Miriam Boston, Correspondent

Mical Whitaker was named as the 2021 Averitt Center Legend of the Arts after he had just wrapped up playing Al Lewis in the Sunshine Boys play. 


“He has done a lot  over the course of his career here in Statesboro, Georgia Southern and the community,” said Averitt Center for the Arts Executive Producer Rahn Hutcheson. “We decided it was time to honor him in such a way.”


In 2014 the Michal Whitaker scholarship was established at Georgia Southern for students who are interested in studying African-American theatre. 


“A well deserved honor, he was one of my professors when I attended Georgia Southern,” said News Anchor Kim Gusby, “He is still one of my favorites and he is so amazing. Congratulations Dr. Whitaker!”


This title is given to local artists who’ve made a substantial contribution to the arts in the Statesboro/Bulloch County area.