The University Record, August 12, 2002

White receives place of honor

By Joel Seguine

Office of the Vice President for Communications

Surrounded by some 125 well wishers, Interim President B. Joseph White witnessed the unveiling of his picture and a bronze plaque on the wall of presidents in the Michigan Union July 24.

Prior to the unveiling, Meg Hunter, an MBA graduate in the class of 2000, represented White’s former students in describing him as a man with a living legacy of service and “of doing the right thing.” One of her first impressions of White and his wife, Mary, was how they value friendship.

“It had been close to 25 years since my parents-in-law and the Whites had seen each other,” she said. “Yet, at a simple phone call, Joe White cleared his schedule to make time for me when I visited the school for my admissions interview.”

Hunter went on to detail two other lessons she and her classmates learned from White, both taught by example: treating people well and the presumption of “yes, you can do it.” She described White’s ability to give full attention to whomever he is speaking with despite myriad distractions, and his passionate leadership in nurturing the community he shares with others.

“Joe White has given so much to the University, but it is clear from his love of the school that he has gained a lot in his time here, too,” Hunter said.
White being honored
Gina Lamancusa, vice chair, and Laksmi Kilaru, chair of the Mihcigan Union Board of Representativres unveil a bronze plaque reconginzing former interim President B. Josheph White and his service to the University. Approximately 125 people took part in the July 24 ceremony and reception at the Union. (Photos by Paul Jaronski, U-M )Photo Services)

White echoed the last of Hunter’s points in his own remarks following the unveiling, expressing his gratitude for being able to serve the University during his time as interim president and to the members of the campus community who welcomed and supported him.

He closed his remarks by describing an episode late in Thomas Jefferson’s life, when friends had gathered to thank him for his many contributions to the United States. He acknowledged their gratitude, but he said, “It’s for the privilege of serving that I owe you my thanks.”