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The Presidential Legacy of Dr. Joe E. White Featured

Written by  Sunday, 17 June 2018 21:57
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Carl Albert State College will host an event to honor the presidential legacy of Dr. Joe E. White, on June 21st at 2 p.m. in the Hamilton Auditorium in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Dr. White pursued his passion for education upon his high school graduation to earn a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. He went on to earn a master’s degree from Southwestern State University then returned to Oklahoma State University to obtain his Educational Doctorate in 1974.

Dr. White served as the President of Carl Albert State College from 1975 – 2007, a 32-year tenure. His presidency transformed him from a young visionary into a legendary leader.

Dr. White embraced the value of education and made it a goal to do his part to better the lives of those around him. He was a charter member of the CASC Development Foundation and believed strongly in the Foundation’s mission to build an endowment fund for scholarships, program for academic enrichment, and a residential campus.


Dr. White was instrumental in the establishment and success of the Scholars Program, having been inspired by Speaker Carl Albert. His passion for student success led to the creation of the Dr. Joe E. and Melba Sue White Academic Scholarship fund at CASC.

Among Dr. White’s numerous accolades, he was awarded the Poteau Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996 and joined the Oklahoma Higher Education Hall of Fame in 2004. In addition to these prestigious accomplishments, Dr. White served on the Council for North Central Two-Year Colleges Executive Committee, Chair of the Council of Oklahoma College and University Presidents, Chair of the Council of Two-Year Presidents and was inducted into the Carl Albert State College Hall of Fame in 2013. Dr. White also served as a member of the Rotary International Club for 37 years.

Dr. White worked closely with a prominent local family to establish the Hamilton Lecture Series, an annual event that featured well-known individuals in education and government speaking on a series theme, “Excellence in Education and High Political Standards — America’s Future at Stake.” Prestigious speakers in the series were former President Jimmy Carter, former President Gerald Ford, former President George Bush, Miss America Shawntel Smith, and many other distinguished leaders. With the blessing of the Hamilton family, the lecture series was renamed to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Lecture Series.

The library at the Poteau campus bears the name “Joe E. White Library” and inside is an area dedicated to honor the legacy of Dr. White at CASC.


The faculty and staff of CASC invite guests to join the family of Dr. White in the Joe E. White Library immediately after the service to reminisce over refreshments.

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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