Richard White Jr. to Retire as LSU Business Dean

Richard White09/11/2019
BATON ROUGE – Richard D. White Jr. will step down as dean of the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business at the end of this academic year. White has served in this role since 2012. His retirement will be effective in June 2020.

“It is with a great deal of excitement as well as bittersweet emotion that I have decided to retire at the end of the current academic year,” White said. “The planned transition date is June 30, 2020.”

Under White’s supervision, the college’s Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems, or SDEIS, welcomed the first class in its new Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship degree program, a paired degree that can be combined with any LSU undergraduate major. The college’s Professional Sales Institute was named one of the 2019 top professional sales programs by the Sales Education Foundation. Offered through SDEIS in collaboration with the Department of Experimental Statistics and the Department of Marketing, the Master of Science in Analytics graduate program began and prepares students to use data-driven methods to contribute to organizational effectiveness.

“We appreciate Dean White’s years of service to LSU,” LSU President F. King Alexander said. “His leadership in the E. J. Ourso College of Business has been vital to the college’s growth and achievements. We are grateful for his work and wish him the best as he heads into his well-deserved retirement.”

The college redoubled efforts to ensure student achievement with the establishment of the Office of Business Student Success offering core support programs like academic counseling, career coaching, diversity and inclusion programs, and international study. Under White, the college launched a one-year MBA program track, and a Master of Financial Economics is pending approval for the fall of 2020. Many of these programs were made possible through generous donor support. During White’s tenure, the E. J. Ourso College of Business raised more than $42,000,000.

His retirement, however, will not end White’s relationship with the LSU community. Pending approval by the university, White plans to serve in emeritus status and continue an active writing agenda. 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.”

“I have served well past the normal age for retirement and well beyond the average tenure as dean,” said White, in closing. “The reason for my steadfastness is only because of my total commitment to LSU and our outstanding students, faculty, staff and alumni. LSU is truly a very special place, and I have been blessed to serve.”




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