GREENVILLE, N.C. (Aug. 14, 2013) — East Carolina University faculty and staff attended a farewell reception yesterday in honor of Dr. Alan R. White, former dean of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences, upon his retirement from ECU. White served as the dean of Harriot College for the previous eight years, and now will move on to a leadership position within the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. John C. Sutherland, interim dean of the college, welcomed nearly 100 friends and colleagues to the reception held in White's honor. Dr. Cindy Putnam-Evans, associate dean for research, conveyed some words of appreciation for the work White has done over the years.
"I would like to thank Alan for his eight years of service to the college and his many accomplishment," said Evans. "Alan's leadership style was always to foster an atmosphere of collegiality, trust and constant support for all of us as we carried out our duties. Alan built us all into a team. His door was always open, and he was always ready and willing to advise and provide direction."
While serving as dean of Harriot College, White oversaw the addition of new undergraduate, master's and PhD programs, the founding of the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Advancement Council Distinguished Professorship in the Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the establishment of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series, which has brought world-class speakers to campus and is now in its seventh season.
To conclude the formal portion of the reception, college staff presented White with an official university rocking chair.
"We wish Alan well as he moves into his new position at the University of South Carolina," concluded Evans.