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Dean Richard White Biography

On April 1, 2014, Richard D. White Jr., became the eighth dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. During White’s deanship, the college has continued to build upon its reputation as a world-class research institution that prepares exceptional students to become the business leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. 

While existing programs continue to evolve and improve, new initiatives ensure the E. J. Ourso College of Business is positioned to serve students and the business community. In fall 2017, the college’s Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship & Information Systems (SDEIS) welcomed the first class in its new Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree program. This paired-degree can be combined with any of LSU’s undergraduate majors. The college’s Professional Sales Institute was named one of the 2016 top professional sales programs by the Sales Education Foundation. The undergraduate energy minor, available through the Department of Economics, gives students a competitive advantage when seeking work in the energy industry. The Master of Science in Analytics, offered through SDEIS in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Statistics and the Department of Marketing, prepares students to use data-driven methods to contribute to organizational effectiveness. The college redoubled efforts to ensure student success with the establishment of the Office of Business Student Success (OBSS). The office centralizes core support programs like academic counseling, career coaching, diversity and inclusion programs, and international study.

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, the U.S. State Department, and 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. White retired from the Coast Guard at the rank of Captain (O-6).


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