The Marshall University community will welcome Interim President Gary G. White and his wife, Jo Ann, with a reception this Friday in the third floor atrium of the John Deaver Drinko Library on the Huntington campus. The event, which will last from 4-6 p.m., is open to all Marshall students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, as well as the Huntington community.
Welcome receptions also are planned for the South Charleston campus and the Mid-Ohio Valley Center. Details will follow in the coming days.
White was appointed by the Marshall University Board of Governors last month to replace Dr. Stephen J. Kopp, who died Dec. 17.
A businessman and coal mining executive, White graduated from Marshall in 1997 with a Regent Bachelors of Arts degree. He is a former member and past chairman of the university’s Board of Governors, former member and vice president of the West Virginia Board of Education, and former member of the University of Pikeville Board of Trustees.
He has been executive vice president of Blackhawk Mining LLC since October. He was president and chief executive officer of International Industries Inc. for a large part of his career—from 1992-2007. He also previously served as president and chief operating officer of International Resource Partners LP, a subsidiary of James River Coal Company, president and chief executive officer of the West Virginia Coal Association, manager of underground mining at Amherst Coal Company and corporate training coordinator at Island Creek Coal Company.
White is on the boards of directors of United Bankshares Inc., ARC Logistics Partners LP, Cabell Huntington Hospital, the Marshall University Foundation, the West Virginia Coal Association and the Larry Joe Harless Community Center Foundation Inc. He also serves on the board of advisors of West Virginia Media Holdings LLC.
He received the 2006 Distinguished Achievement Award from the West Virginia Education Alliance, the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Marshall University Alumni Association, the City of Hope “Spirit of Life Award” and in 2003 was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame at Marshall. In 2006 and again in 2008, he was named one of the “Fifty Most Influential Individuals in West Virginia” by West Virginia Executive magazine.