Lincoln County alumnus John Jay White has done a lot for Marshall, both through his personal generosity and his work as the Chairman of the Marshall University Foundation. A successful businessman, his journey as a prominent son of Marshall first took a detour up north before it even got started.
“I was genetically predisposed to go to that school in Morgantown,” said Jay. “But after a time, neither my father nor the university were impressed by my academic progress.”
After that false-take in higher education, Jay got married and went to work. At the same time he enrolled at Marshall. As many young people learn, it can be a challenge going from the relative comfort of the family footing the bill to working, juggling a job, family and college education. But Jay made it work.
“I had a couple of professors who took an interest in me and helped me direct my life in a more positive direction,” said Jay. “That’s one of the reasons I stay involved with the Foundation. I want to make a difference for a new generation.”
“Marshall has changed a lot since I was there and it’s good,” said Jay. “It has led to a greater diversity of students, ideas and programs. Education should be leading change here in this country. It is to Marshall’s credit we have added programs and new ways to reach out to equip students for the future."
“We need people to solve problems and offer new ideas. If we are to lift up this area economically, Marshall has to be a part of it through encouraging
entrepreneurship and innovation.”