Wayne E. Whigham, 63, a Montgomery County high school principal and school administrator, died March 14 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

The cause was an embolism and complications following surgery to remove a colon polyp, said his wife, Mary Beth Waits.

At his death, Mr. Whigham was director of the office of appeals and transfers for the Montgomery County Public Schools. He handled such matters as student expulsions and transfers and appeals of administrative decisions affecting students.

Before joining that office in 2003, he was principal of Seneca Valley High School in Germantown, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda and Martin Luther King Middle School in Germantown.

Wayne Elliott Whigham, a native Washingtonian, was a 1968 graduate of Anacostia High School and a 1972 graduate of the University of Tennessee. In 1975, he received a master’s degree in special education from George Washington University.

That year, he joined the Montgomery County Public Schools system at Ridgeview Middle School in Gaithersburg, where his work included crisis intervention and service as dean of students. He later was assistant principal at Magruder and then Quince Orchard high schools in Rockville and Gaithersburg, respectively.

He was a past president of the Montgomery County Association of Administrative and Supervisory Personnel and a member of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rockville. He was a Silver Spring resident.

Survivors include his wife, whom he married in 1980, Mary Beth Waits, and their son, Christopher J. Whigham, both of Silver Spring; his mother, Elaine Artis of Washington; and a grandson.

— Bart Barnes