Office of the President: Fred A. White Papers (UA-11)
Scope and Contents
The collection contains the original administrative and correspondence files of Fred A. White during his employment at Wright State University as business manager, treasurer, vice-president, and Interim University President. The files span the years of 1956-1984, and cover a wide range of subjects and business matters related the early development of the university, including land acquisition, permits and infrastructure, campus construction, recruitment of original faculty, Phases I – IV in campus development, and related administrative matters in the early development of the university.
- Creation: 1956-1984
Conditions Governing Access
There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and Wright State University.
Biographical / Historical
Fred A. White was a long-time administrator at Wright State University. He served as Dayton Branch Campus business manager (1962-1965), Wright State Campus business manager (1965-1967), Wright State University Vice-President and Treasurer (1967-1972), and Interim President, Wright State University (1972).
Fred White was appointed Interim President of Wright State in 1972, after the departure of Brage Golding, the university's first president. Mr. White served as Interim President until the appointment of Robert J. Kegerreis as the university's 2nd official president in 1973. Often referred to as "Mr. Wright State", Fred White was the first employee of the Dayton Branch of Miami University and The Ohio State University Campus, (which would become Wright State in 1967). Fred was a long time administrator at General Motors with a great interest in higher education, and as efforts to build a new state university in Dayton unfolded, Fred wanted to be a part of it. Mr. White served as the business manager of the Dayton Campus from September of 1962 through July of 1965, when he was formally designated as business manager, Wright State Campus, which became Wright State University in October 1967.
A skilled manager known for his creativity and flexibility, White helped plan nearly every aspect of the development of the WSU campus, including land acquisitions, negotiating with base officials, working with local government, managing zoning, land use and bond issues, legislative lobbying for appropriations, and the design and construction of the campus. In 1967, White was named vice-president and treasurer of the university, until 1972 when he began his appointment as interim president. The Fred White Ambulatory Care Center, later re-named White Hall, was named in Mr. White's honor.
37 linear feet
Language of Materials
The collection contains the administrative and correspondence files of Fred A. White, long-time administrator at Wright State University. The materials cover a wide range of subjects and business matters related the early development of the university, including land acquisition, permits and infrastructure, campus construction, recruitment of original faculty, Phases I – IV in campus development.
The collection contains a single series of correspondence and subject files, arranged alphabetically by fiscal year.
Other Finding Aids
The finding aid is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at https://wright.libraryhost.com/repositories/2/resources/1049.
The finding aid is also available in the OhioLINK Finding Aid Repository at http://ead.ohiolink.edu/xtf-ead/.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Transferred to Wright State University Special Collections & Archives by the Wright State University Office of the President in 1997.
No additional accruals are expected.
Bessie Schina (2003) and Chris Wydman (2015-2018)
- Guide to the Office of the President: Fred A. White Papers (UA-11)
- Chris Wydman
- 2019 Mar 15
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