It is hard to tell which endeavor Dr. George White has spent the most energy on – medicine or academia. Since retiring as a physician, he and his wife Sandy have been involved in a number of educational efforts
On Saturday Ohio Governor John R. Kasich announced White, of Portsmouth, has been appointed to the Shawnee State University Board of Trustees for a term beginning Sept. 30, 2016 and ending June 30, 2025.
“It will be good to be back,” White told the Daily Times. This is not the first time around for White. In 1984 while a member of the Shawnee State College Board White made the motion to become a four year University.There was a lot of controversy and heated discussions.
“I remember telling two OU grads who were aggressive nay sayers that I did not care what they thought we were going to be a four year university. End of discussion,” White, who it turns out, was the last chairman of the Shawnee State College Board and elected the first Chairman of the new University Board of Trustees, said.
White has quite a familiarity with SSU.
White taken a lot of classes at SSU over the past many years and presently is enrolled in a Genetics -Molecular Biology class.
“Our university is under rated and is a real bargain for a solid education. It has been a joy to have interacted with many students and faculty,” White said. “I am really proud of the University progress. Our new President Dr. Rick Kurtz is impressive and I’m sure he will continue to lead us to greater heights. Dr. Jeff Bauer has done an excellent job wearing many hats as long term faculty, serving as dean and now the provost.”
White said he became interested in the appointment after reading Kasich’s 2015 College Affordability study. In that document Kasich comments that the state must decrease the cost and reform education so that the college experience will prepare students with “job ready”degrees.
“That study motivated me to apply for a board seat,” White said.
White said, at the first board of trustees at SSU he stressed the importance of always trying to accommodate local students who need a second chance at academics.
“A lot of students while in high school may not study as hard as they should, but by college age realize their mistake and need a break,” White said. “The last time I talked with (former) President (Rita Rice) Morris, those efforts were still being made.”
White received a BS from Marshall University in 1963 and received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia in 1967 and interned at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia in 1968. He did his residency in ENT-Head and neck Surgery from 1970 to 1974 at the Ohio State University. In addition, White served in Vietnam as a part of the United States Marine Corps.
“I couldn’t have done all these things without the support of my wife, Sandy,” White said.
The Whites have a scholarship at the Marshall University HELP program for students from Scioto County with learning disabilities. He has also served on numerous boards.
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