Richard White

Richard D. White Jr.

Dean, Office of the Dean
Professor, Department of Public Administration
Professor, Flores MBA Program
4007 Business Education Complex East
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-5297
Fax: 225-578-5277

Biographical Summary

A native of Williamsburg, Virginia, White received his PhD from Pennsylvania State University, MBA from Purdue University, and BA from Old Dominion College. He was a Research Fellow at Harvard University where he taught a public policy seminar within Harvard's Institute of Politics. White is a Pulitzer-nominated political biographer and author of Kingfish: The Reign of Huey P. Long; Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895; and Will Rogers: A Political Life. White has published dozens of scholarly articles in prominent journals. He was elected to Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science), Pi Alpha Alpha (Public Administration), and Pi Gamma Mu (Social Sciences) honorary societies. Since arriving at LSU in 1998, he has taught courses in ethics, public administration theory, human resources management, and state and local government administration. He was awarded the BASF Professor of Excellence in 2013 and the College of Business Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001.Prior to his academic career, White was a senior officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He served ten years at sea, including voyages to both the Antarctic and Arctic Oceans, and commanded an icebreaker, as well as a large cutter performing drug interdiction operations in South American waters. He served in the White House, performing policy analysis, public and congressional relations, as well as the U.S. State Department as the maritime law enforcement officer, coordinating the seizure of 148 foreign-flagged vessels for violation of U.S. narcotics, fishery, immigration and criminal laws. He was a member of numerous delegations negotiating narcotics treaties with Mexico, Haiti, Colombia, Peru, and Panama, and a delegate to Moscow settling the boundary dispute between Siberia and Alaska. He also served at the Central Intelligence Agency. In his final assignment in the Coast Guard, White directed the enforcement of narcotics, immigration, fisheries, and environmental laws on the Atlantic Ocean. He managed the enforcement of UN maritime sanctions against Iraq; UN maritime embargo of Yugoslavia; enforcement of the bilateral agreement with Haiti to prohibit illegal migration; Coast Guard international activities in Panama, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Rumania, Bulgaria, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and commanded the International Ice Patrol. White retired from the Coast Guard at the rank of captain (O-6).


  • PhD Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, PA, 1998
  • BA Political Science, Old Dominion College, Norfolk, VA, 1968
  • Other International Relations, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 1992

Awards & Honors

  • Professor of Excellence, BASF, 2013
  • Finalist, Center for Great Plains Studies Distinguished Book Prize, 2012
  • Finalist, Western Writers of America Spur Award, 2012
  • Helm Fellowship, Indiana University, 2012
  • Pulitzer Prize Nomination, Pulitzer Prize Committee, 2012
  • Will Rogers Medallion Award, Western Writers Association, 2012
  • Finalist, Oklahoma Book Award, Oklahoma Department of Libraries, 2011
  • Hoover Scholar Fellowship, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, 2011

Selected Research Publications

  • White, R. D. (2010). The Micromanagement Disease: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Cure. Public Personnel Management, Spring 2010.
  • White, R. D. (2008). George Tenet and the Last Great Days of the CIA. Public Administration Review, 68(3).
  • White, R. D. (2008). A Tale of Two Bureaucrats: Joseph Nourse, Oliver Wolcott, Jr., and the Forerunners of American Public Administration. Administration and Society, 40(4), 384-402.
  • White, R. D. (2006). Spirit of Huey Could Expedite Recovery.
  • White, R. D. (2004). The Bullmoose and the Bear: Theodore Roosevelt and John Wanamaker Struggle Over the Spoils.. Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies, 71(1), 1-24.
  • White, R. D. and Jeter, J. (2002). Separating Church and State, or Guaranteeing Religious Expression? Resolving Religious Conflict in the Public Workplace.. Review of Public Personnel Administration, 22(4).
  • White, R. D. (2001). Ask Me No Questions, Tell Me No Lies: Examining the Uses and Misuses Of The Polygraph. Public Personnel Management, 30(4), 483-494.


  • White, R. D. (2011, September). Administrative Power and Overfeasance: The Controversial Career of Frances G. Knight. Presented at Southeastern Conference on Public Administration sponsored by Southeastern Conference on Public Administration, New Orleans, LA.
  • White, R. D. (2010, February). Experiences at Writing and Publishing Biographies. Presented at Louisiana Chapter Meeting sponsored by Louisiana Chapter, American Society of Public Administration, Baton Rouge, LA.


  • White, R. D. (2011). Will Rogers: A Political Life. Lubbock, TX: Texas Tech University Press.
  • White, R. D. (2005). Kingfish: A Biography of Huey P. Long. New York: Random House.
  • White, R. D. (2003). Roosevelt the Reformer: Theodore Roosevelt as Civil Service Commissioner, 1889-1895. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Press.

Employed by LSU since

August 16, 1998