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Richard White Jr. Named Dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business

02/27/2014 03:00 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has named Richard D. White Jr. as the new dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business. White, who has served as interim dean since June 8, 2012, is the Marjory B. Ourso Professor and associate dean, a professor in the Public Administration Institute and a professor for the LSU Flores MBA Program. His appointment as dean begins April 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“Richard White has served admirably in the role as interim dean, and we are pleased to name him dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “White is well-respected among the faculty and staff in the college and across campus. With economic and workforce development being such an important issue across the state, Dean White and the faculty, staff and students of the business college will play an ever important role in meeting those needs and helping to make Louisiana a better place to live and work.”

LSU conducted a national search for dean, and Richard Koubek, dean of the LSU College of Engineering, served as chair of the search committee.

“It is a pleasure to announce Dr. Richard White as the dean of the E. J. Ourso College of Business,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “White has done a commendable job as interim dean since 2012, and he is the right person to continue to lead the college into the future. I’d also like to thank Dean Koubek, the search committee and everyone who participated in the process and provided feedback on the candidates.”

White, who oversaw the college’s move to its new home in the Business Education Complex, earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Pennsylvania State University, his MBA from Purdue University, and his bachelor’s degree in political science from Old Dominion College. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University, where he studied leadership and ethics and taught a public policy seminar within Harvard’s Institute of Politics.

“LSU has a great leadership team, and I am thrilled to be part of it,” White said. “We have a bright future. The E. J. Ourso College – with its outstanding students, faculty, and supporters – will play a key, energetic role in LSU’s mission to move Louisiana ahead, spur our economy, and improve the lives of us all.”

White has published dozens of scholarly articles in prominent journals, including Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Integrity.

In addition to numerous scholarly articles, he is also the author of “Will Rogers: A Political Life,” which has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; “Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long”; and “Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895.”

White 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. In 2001, the LSU E. J. Ourso College awarded him the Excellence in Teaching Award. Prior to his academic career, White was a senior officer in the U.S. Coast Guard.

Since its establishment in 1928, the E. J. Ourso College of Business has continuously improved and expanded its offerings for students and alumni. Additionally, the college has made it a priority to provide its faculty with the resources it needs to further research in every aspect of the business world and to produce industry leaders for a global work environment. For more news and information about the E. J. Ourso College, visit            

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