Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs to be remembered through DSC Foundation Scholarship


Patricia McGuire White, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Dalton State, will be remembered through a DSC Foundation Scholarship created in her honor, College officials have announced.

Tricia, as she was known to colleagues, family, and friends, died recently following a brief illness. She had taught at Dalton State, Kennesaw State University, and Agnes Scott College for more than three decades and became associate vice president for academic affairs in 2006.

“Patricia White was an expert faculty member and a consummate administrator,” according to John Schwenn, President of Dalton State.

“Everything she did was top quality. She will be sorely missed.”

The DSC Foundation acted within 24 hours of the news of White’s death to establish the Dr. Patricia McGuire White Memorial Scholarship in Biology, which will be awarded annually to a junior or senior majoring in that academic discipline.

“The establishment of this scholarship was merited due to her extraordinary contributions to the college and her vision for its future,” says Director for Institutional Advancement David Elrod.

“Tricia’s own scholarly interest was in biology, so the scholarship will be awarded to a student demonstrating high academic merit, as a nod to its namesake.”

A native of Savannah, White was a graduate of Agnes Scott College, where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree, and from the University of Georgia, where she completed her master’s of science degree in population genetics. She earned a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in molecular genetics and microbiology.

Her career at Dalton State began in 1996 when she became an associate professor of biology. In 2001, she was named chair of the division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. At the time of her death, she had been promoted to full professor of biology and served as the associate vice president for academic affairs.

White served on numerous committees and was a member of many professional organizations, including Phi Beta Kappa. During her career, she was awarded many honors, published numerous papers and journals, and gave presentations and lectures in her field.

“Tricia was a great friend and mentor,” says Dr. Randall Griffus, dean of the School of Sciences and Mathematics, who has worked closely with White since 1998.

“I learned so much from her. Her friendship and advice will be missed by everyone who had contact with her in her various roles as educator, administrator, and colleague.”

Contributions to the Dr. Patricia McGuire White Memorial Scholarship in Biology can be made through the Office of Development at Dalton State College. The address is 650 College Drive, Dalton, Georgia, 30720. For more information, please call 706-272-4473.