Barbara Whitecotton retired from a career of forty-one years in education in 2016. She was appointed to a nine year term on the West Virginia Board of Education in 2017. Whitecotton served for eight years as the Superintendent of Hardy County Schools prior to her retirement. Ms. Whitecotton was raised in Pendleton County where she attended public school. She is currently a resident of Moorefield, WV in Hardy County.
After graduating from Franklin High School, Whitecotton attended Potomac State College for two years majoring in education. She graduated from Shepherd College with a bachelors degree in secondary education. Ms. Whitecotton received a masters degree from James Madison University in education in the area of special education and a masters degree from Frostburg State University in education in the area of administration and supervision.
Whitecotton began her teaching career with Pendleton County Schools where she taught students with disabilities for three years before moving to Hardy County. In Hardy County, she was a teacher of students with disabilities for fifteen years before becoming the Assistant Principal for East Hardy Early Middle School. She later served as the Principal of Moorefield Middle School for eight years before moving to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Hardy County Schools. As Assistant Superintendent, Whitecotton was largely responsible for the Career and Technical Education Program, Federal Programs and technology.
Ms. Whitecotton became Superintendent of Hardy County Schools in 2008. Along with the duties of the Superintendent, she continued to direct the Career and Technical Education Program and technology program until her retirement in 2016. During her years as the Superintendent, Whitecotton led the county in a school construction program which involved an elementary school and two high schools. With the assistance of the WV School Building Authority and the citizens of Hardy County, Hardy County Schools committed approximately forty five million dollars to upgrading the three school facilities.