(9-5-97) -- Boston College has named Massachusetts State Senator W. Paul White to the position of associate vice president for state and community relations, effective Oct. 1. White's professional experience, which spans three decades, includes an extensive background in governmental affairs -- both as an elected official and as a leader and member of state and national professional organizations.
A resident of Dorchester and a 1967 graduate of Boston College, White brings to the University a strong background in public service and administration, as well as broad exposure to state and local governmental bodies and regulatory agencies, and issues related to education and community development.
At Boston College, he will oversee the University's relationships with state and local officials, as well as with administrative and advocacy groups at the community and state levels. His office will work in concert with the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts and other higher education associations on matters of mutual interest. In the position, White will work in cooperation with the University's senior vice president on issues that relate to federal policy. He also will direct the strategic planning for government and community relations.
Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, "Paul White is a person of extraordinary talent who will bring a broad range of experiences to this important position. His extensive legislative background in education and community issues will be a great asset to Boston College's community and government relations efforts in the coming years. I am pleased to welcome Paul back to his alma mater to take on this important leadership role."
"I am truly honored to be joining an institution and a community which has meant so much to me in terms of my educational growth and of my formation as an individual, and an institution which has evolved into a leading beacon for scholarship and educational opportunity for the country," White said. "I will come to this position with my experience in developing community relationships and I look forward to forging and expanding relationships with the cities of Newton and Boston which are so important to the University."
In addition to his BC bachelor's degree in political science, White completed a master's degree in political science at the State University of New York at Albany in 1969. He went on to earn a law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1973 and a master of public administration degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 1980.
White's career in public service began in 1973 with his election to the Massachusetts state legislature. As a state representative -- a position he held until 1988 -- he served as House majority leader in 1984; as chairperson of the Criminal Justice Committee from 1982-84; as chairperson of the Boston Legislative Delegation from 1986-87; and as a member of the Criminal Justice, Judiciary, Transportation, and Ways and Means committees.
In 1989, White was elected state senator for the Suffolk and Norfolk district. He represents 150,000 constituents in the combined urban/suburban district, and has worked with elected and appointed officials in Boston, Milton, Randolph, Canton, Avon and surrounding communities.
White served on the Senate majority leadership team as assistant majority leader in 1995; as chairperson of the Committee on Banks and Banking from 1990-94 and since 1996; as Senate chairperson of the Commission on Financial Services from 1990-95; and as chairperson of the Senate Ethics Committee from 1990-92.
As state senator, White also has served as a member of the Banks and Banking, Criminal Justice, Education, Ethics, Housing and Urban Development, Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Post Audit and Oversight, and Public Service committees. During his tenure, he has developed legislation and facilitated its passage and enactment into law in the areas of banking, community development, community health, economic development, homeless services, judicial reform and sentencing.
White began his career at the Boston Chamber of Commerce, as a governmental affairs legislative analyst from 1968-72. In 1974, he launched a private law practice.
White is a member of the Council of State Governments, and serves as chairperson of its 21st Century Fund, as well as an executive committee member of the Council's Eastern Regional Conference and its National Council of State Governments. He has been member of trade delegations to Taiwan and Hong Kong, South Africa and Europe.
White's other professional affiliations include the National Conference of State Legislatures, the State Government Affairs Council, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Federal District Court Bar Association.
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