Eugene G. White

Dr. Eugene G. White was born in Phenix City, AL, to a single 17-year-old mother in December 1947. He was the first person in his family’s history to graduate from high school. He grew up in a time of segregation and Jim Crow practices in Southeast Alabama. In high school, he excelled in football, basketball, and baseball. His mother, grandmother and athletic coaches heavily influenced him. He was a starting member of the 1966 Alabama State Championship Basketball Team and accepted a basketball scholarship to Alabama A&M University. He graduated with academic honors and set career scoring marks at Alabama A&M University.

He was a teacher, coach, and school administrator in the Fort Wayne Community Schools for 19 years. He was the first African American high school principal in the Fort Wayne Community Schools. He was principal of Wayne High School from 1985 to 1990. He became the first African American high school principal at North Central High School from 1990 to 1992. He was Deputy Superintendent of the Indianapolis Public Schools from July 1992 to January 1994. He served as Superintendent of the Metropolitan School District of Washington Township for 11 years.
Dr. White has enjoyed many honors. Most recently he was named President of the American Association for School Administrators; elected to the Alabama A&M Athletic Hall of Fame; 2002 Indiana Superintendent of the Year; President of the North Central Association's Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement; Past President of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, and many others. He has written a book called "Leadership Beyond Excuses: The Courage to Hold the Rope" for colleagues and others interested in effective leadership.
Dr. White is married to Jetties White and has two children: Reginald E. White, a teacher and coach at Pike High School in Indianapolis, and Kimberly R. White, a teacher and coach at John Marshall Middle School in the IPS system.