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February 21, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

White Named Dean of UT Tyler College of Arts, Sciences


Dr. Alisa White has been named The University of Texas at Tyler College of Arts and Sciences dean, Dr. Rick Osburn, UT Tyler provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.

She replaces Dr. Donna Dickerson who became the university’s vice provost for academic affairs and dean of graduate studies.

“Dr. White has served as the interim dean of the college for the past one and one-half years and has done an exemplary job in that role,” said Osburn. “She will bring a strong sense of dedication and hard work to this role, as well as a ready sense of humor. Her sense of fair play, combined with good judgment and experience bodes well for her success as dean of this important and productive college.”

Prior to assuming the role of interim dean, White served as chair of the UT Tyler Department of Communication.

White came to UT Tyler from UT Arlington, where she was an associate professor and graduate adviser. She also has been a faculty member at the University of West Georgia, Louisiana State University at Shreveport and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Her professional experience in media industries includes part ownership of a medium-market radio station in Tennessee and conducting market research for public relations and advertising firms in Louisiana and Georgia. She also has authored and co-authored many refereed publications.

She holds a master of science in library and information science and Ph.D. in mass communication from the University of Tennessee.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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