Niki Whitaker will be celebrating her seventh year of employment at CSU-Pueblo, currently serving as the marketing communications specialist in the Office of External Affairs. She is responsible for developing and maintaining an awareness and image among all constituents of Colorado State University-Pueblo under the direction of the Executive Director of External Affairs. She assists with planning and coordination of special events, writes and edits University publications, media statements, press releases, and web pages and manages the budget and office operations for External Affairs, including the hiring of student workers.
Whitaker enjoyed a stand-out softball career at CSU-Pueblo (then-University of Southern Colorado). A power-hitting left fielder, she was named a NCAA Division II All-American in 2001 and earned the Jessie Banks Female Athlete of the Year Award. Throughout her career, she was among the league's leaders in batting average, home runs and RBI, and still holds numerous CSU-Pueblo career records in home runs and RBI. She also excelled in the classroom, as she was named NFCA Academic All-American twice and Academic All-RMAC three times.
In 2009, Whitaker was honored by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference as a member of the RMAC All-Century softball team. In 2011, Whitaker was inducted into the CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame.
Whitaker, who received her bachelor's degree in Mass Communications from CSU-Pueblo in 2001, most recently served as the associate director of athletics at CSU-Pueblo since 2006. Prior to that, she worked at the Historic Arkansas River Project as a marketing and special events coordinator and served as the membership and marketing coordinator of the Latino Chamber of Commerce of Pueblo.
Whitaker and her husband, Ben, are parents to three children: Triston (15), Kamdyn (5) and Macelyn Jo (2).