On June 30, 2014, Dr. Alisa White became the tenth president of Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. She previously served as provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler, where she oversaw approximately 7,500 students, 450 full-time faculty members and a $45 million operating budget. During her time at UT Tyler, White secured $4 million from The University of Texas System to establish the Patriots Applying Technology for Success and Savings (PATSS) program. This program is a comprehensive course redesign initiative, involving 10 academic majors and the core curriculum. Courses are redesigned to emphasize high-impact, project based learning practices to increase student learning, engagement and satisfaction.
White also was instrumental in several high-profile projects at UT Tyler, including the creation and development of the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy, the establishment of the Office of International Programs and the establishment of UT Tyler’s Houston Engineering Center.
Prior to her arrival in Tyler, White served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She helped develop a plan to fund that school’s Nursing Simulation Center, and she oversaw the creation of an interdisciplinary engineering degree at that university. During her time at MSU, she reorganized academic units reporting to her office, resulting in higher efficiency on campus and approximately $100,000 in annual cost savings.
White graduated in 1980 with her B.A. in business from Lee College (now Lee University), in Cleveland, Tenn. In 1984, she received her Master of Science in library and information science from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in mass communication degree from UT Knoxville in 1990. She went on to have a successful academic career at institutions such as the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Louisiana State University in Shreveport, the University of West Georgia, the University of Texas at Arlington, Midwestern State University, and UT Tyler. During her career, she worked as an associate professor, a department chair, a graduate adviser, dean and provost. Her research has been published extensively in scholarly periodicals, such as the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Advertising Education and the Journal of Creative Behavior. She also has served as a consultant for city governments and Fortune 500 companies, offering workshops on leadership, conflict negotiation and creative management.
White is married to Elliott Herzlich, a jewelry retailer, appraiser and custom engraver.