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 and provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. She is an advocate for high-impact higher education practices that promote student success, and she has extensive experience in comprehensive course redesign.
White has a B.A. in business degree from Lee College (now Lee University), in Cleveland, Tenn., and M.S.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Before joining Austin Peay, she served 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 the University of Texas at Tyler as a professor, department chair, graduate adviser, dean and provost. Her research has been published in scholarly journals 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, who has more than 30 years of experience in the jewelry business. White and Herzlich have three grown children and two grandchildren.