Dr. Eugene G. White scored the title Indiana Superintendent of the Year again. Dr. White was named ISY in 2002 and earned the title again in 2008.
From IPS website:
Dr. Eugene G. White was born in Phenix City, Ala., 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, where he served as principal of Wayne High School from 1985 to 1990. In 1990 he became the first African American high school principal of North Central High School in Indianapolis, serving until 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. In 2005, Dr. White was named Superintendent of the state's largest school district, IPS.
Dr. White has served in a large number of leadership capacities over the years, most recently as President of the American Association for School Administrators in 2006-07.
Dr. White has received a wide variety of honors over his career, including:
2007 National Association of Black School Educators (NABSE) Superintendent of the Year
2006 Modern Red Schoolhouse Distinguished Service Award
2002 Indiana Superintendent of the Year
2001 Alabama A&M University Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee
1997 Indiana Music Educators Association Outstanding Superintendent of the Year
1995 Center for Leadership Development Education Award
1992 named by Redbook magazine as a “visionary leader” as principal of one of America’s Best Schools
Dr. White is the author of the book, “Leadership Beyond Excuses: The Courage to Hold the Rope.”
He received an Ed.D. in Education Administration and Supervision from Ball State University in 1982, an Ed.S. in Superintendency from Ball State University in 1977, an M.S. in School Health from the University of Tennessee in 1971, and a B.S. in Social Studies, Health and Physical Education from Alabama A & M University in 1970.
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 here in IPS.