President Alisa White
In June, 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. Under Dr. White’s leadership, Austin Peay has experienced significant growth, added its first doctoral degrees and expanded the campus’s physical footprint.
White earned a Ph.D. in Mass Communication and an M.S.L.S. degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a B.A. in business degree from Lee College (now Lee University), in Cleveland, Tenn. Before joining Austin Peay, she served 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 in roles including tenured professor, department chair, graduate adviser, dean of The College of Arts and Sciences and provost. Her research has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of Advertising Research, the Journal of Advertising Education, the Journal of Creative Behavior and the Journal of Radio Studies. She also has served as a consultant for city governments, Fortune 500 companies and professional organizations, 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 four grandchildren.