TBR Chancellor Recommends Alisa White as APSU's Next President; Board to Meet Monday for Approval
Tenn. (May 27, 2014) – Alisa White is expected to be named the next president to lead Austin
Peay State University pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Monday,
The Board will meet via telephone at 3:30 p.m. CDT to consider TBR
Chancellor John Morgan’s recommendation for White to replace Interim President Tristan
Denley, who agreed to serve a temporary appointment after former APSU President
Tim Hall ended his tenure at the university earlier this month to become
president at Mercy College in New York.
White is currently the provost and senior vice president for Academic
Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler. She will join Austin Peay on June 30.
“Dr. White is the right fit for Austin Peay, and she will be an
excellent leader for this progressive university,” Morgan said. “She is
committed to the student success efforts that have already demonstrated a
positive impact at Austin Peay. The breadth and depth of her teaching, administrative
and management experiences allow her to bring a unique and enthusiastic
perspective to the leadership role.”
White assumed her current post at UT-Tyler in 2012 and immediately made
a dynamic impact on the institution. She secured $4 million in funding from the
UT system to establish a comprehensive course redesign initiative to increase
student learning, engagement and satisfaction while allowing the campus to more
efficiently plan schedules and classroom space. She also oversaw the
development of the university’s pharmacy college and established an
International Programs office, center for Executive Education and an Office for
Academic Innovation and Student Success.
In addition to overseeing those efforts and the university’s colleges
and graduate school, White has been responsible for research and technology
transfer, institutional effectiveness, honors programs, the library, and more
White’s résumé reflects her impressive rise through the academic ranks
in higher education. She has more than 25 years of experience in higher
education and has served as graduate adviser; department chair; dean; acting
associate vice chancellor for academic affairs, curriculum and instruction; and
provost at a wide range of institutions, including The University of Texas at
Tyler; Midwestern State University, Wichita Falls, Texas; The University of
Texas at Arlington; The University of West Georgia; Louisiana State University
in Shreveport; and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
White holds the Ph.D. in mass communications from the University of
Tennessee at Knoxville, a master of science in library and information science,
and a bachelor’s degree in business from Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn.
Her full résumé is available at http://tinyurl.com/TBRWhite
White was selected after a national search
that resulted in 79 applicants from around the country. The search advisory
committee, chaired by Regent Bob Thomas, worked with executive search firm
Greenwood/Asher & Associates to identify a broad range of highly qualified
candidates. Twelve candidates were interviewed, and four finalists were selected
and visited the campus.
in 1927 and named after former Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, Austin Peay
State University is a regional University serving approximately 10,500
students. Categorized as a Master’s Large institution by the Carnegie
Foundation, Austin Peay has been the fastest growing public university in
Tennessee for the past 10 years, offering 18 graduate degrees, 44 undergraduate
and four associate degrees. The university has been nationally recognized for
innovation by the likes of President Obama and Bill Gates in addition to being
nationally recognized for multiple years as a Chronicle of Higher Education
“Great College to Work For” with honors, as well as G.I. Jobs “Military
Friendly Schools,” and Military Times “Best for Vets” College.
The June 2 meeting
is open to the public and the press as listeners. Those wishing dial-in
information for the call should contact Monica Greppin-Watts at email@example.com or
615-366-4417 before 9:00 a.m. June 2. Anyone with a disability who wishes to participate should use the same
contact to request services needed to facilitate attendance. Contact may be
made in person, by writing, by e-mail, by telephone or otherwise and should be
received no later than 4:30 p.m. CDT, May 30.
The TBR is the nation’s sixth largest
higher education system, governing 46 post-secondary educational institutions,
including Austin Peay State University.
The TBR system includes six universities, 13 two-year colleges and 27 colleges
of applied technology, providing programs across the state to more than 200,000