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Richard D. White Jr.

Public Administration Institute - Professor
Flores MBA Program - Professor
Office of the Dean - Dean
4007 Business Education Complex East
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-5297
Fax: 225-578-5277

Biographical Summary
A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, White received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University, MBA from Purdue University, and BA from Old Dominion College. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University where he taught a public policy seminar within Harvard’s Institute of Politics. White is a Pulitzer-nominated political biographer and author of Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long; Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895; and Will Rogers: A Political Life. White has published dozens of scholarly articles in prominent journals. He was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Administration), and Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences) honorary societies. Since arriving at LSU in 1998, he has taught courses in ethics, public administration theory, human resources management, and state and local government administration. He was awarded the BASF Professor of Excellence in 2013 and the College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001. Prior to his academic career, White was a senior officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served ten years at sea, including voyages to both the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans, and commanded an icebreaker, as well as a large cutter performing drug interdiction operations in South American waters. He served in the White House, performing policy analysis, public and congressional relations, as well as the U.S. State Department as the maritime law enforcement officer, coordinating the seizure of 148 foreign-flagged vessels for violation of U.S. narcotics, fishery, immigration and criminal laws. He was a member of numerous delegations negotiating narcotics treaties with Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, and Panama, and a delegate to Moscow settling the boundary dispute between Siberia and Alaska. He also served at the Central Intelligence Agency. In his final assignment in the Coast Guard, White directed the enforcement of narcotics, immigration, fisheries, and environmental laws on the Atlantic Ocean. He managed the enforcement of UN maritime sanctions against Iraq; UN maritime embargo of Yugoslavia; enforcement of the bilateral agreement with Haiti to prohibit illegal migration; Coast Guard international activities in Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Rumania, Bulgaria, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and commanded the International Ice Patrol. White retired from the Coast Guard at the rank of captain (O-6).
Ph D Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University
Other International Relations, Harvard University
MBA Business Administration, Purdue University
BA Political Science, Old Dominion College
Courses Taught
BADM 7070 - Understanding Behavior in Organizations
BADM 7170 - Understanding International Management Challenges
PADM 7800 - Independent Study in Public Administration
PADM 7850 - Public Administration Internship
PADM 7851 - Public Administration Practicum
PADM 7910 - Public Administration Theory and Practice
PADM 7912 - Public Personnel Policy
PADM 7916 - State and Local Government Administration
BASF Professor of Excellence, 2013
Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award, 2012
Helm Fellowship, Indiana University, 2012
Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Pulitzer Prize Committee, 2012
Will Rogers Medallion Award, Western Writers Association, 2012
Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 2011
Hoover Scholar Fellowship, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 2011
Selected Research Publications

The Micromanagement Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Cure. White, R. (2010). Public Personnel Management, Spring 2010.

George Tenet and the Last Great Days of the CIA. White, R. (2008). Public Administration Review, 68(3).

A Tale of Two Bureaucrats: Joseph Nourse, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., and the Forerunners of American Public Administration. White, R. (2008). Administration and Society, 40(4), 384-402.

The Bullmoose and the Bear: Theodore Roosevelt and John Wanamaker Struggle Over the Spoils.. White, R. (2004). Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 71(1), 1-24.

Separating Church and State, or Guaranteeing Religious Expression? Resolving Religious Conflict in the Public Workplace.. White, R., and Jeter, J. (2002). Review of Public Personnel Administration, 22(4).

Ask Me No Questions, Tell Me No Lies: Examining the Uses and Misuses Of The Polygraph. White, R. (2001). Public Personnel Management, 30(4), 483-494.


Will Rogers: A Political Life. White, R. (2011). Lubbock, TX, USA: Texas Tech University Press. ISBN: 978-0-89672-676-5.

Kingfish: A Biography of Huey P. Long. White, R. (2005). New York: Random House. ISBN: 1-4000-6354-X.

Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895. White, R. (2003). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press. ISBN: 0-8173-1361-3.

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August 16, 1998
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