Mr. White started his career in higher education as the Resident Engineer Inspector for Macon Junior College in 1967. In 1968 he became the college’s first Director of Plant Operations and he occupied that position until his retirement in 1997 from what had by then, become Macon State College.
Mr. White beccame a charter member of GAPPA in 1982 and the first GAPPA Treasurer, and served in this office for over 20 years. As one of the founders of GAPPA, he was instrumental in building the organization into the vibrant developmental resource for the education facilities professionals of Georgia. Event after his retirement in 1997, both he and his wife Katherine continued to actively support the association to insure its continuous growth and provide the critical training opportunities for its memebers.
In 1989, the GAPPA Board decided to honor Mr. White’s long and valued service to the organization by providing The Joseph M. White Award – a $1,000 grant. The board presents this Award each year to a memeber institution's Facilities Management Department to use as the department head designates.
Unfortunately, Mr. White passed away in May 2010. He will be missed, and he will always be fondly remembered for his enormous contributions to GAPPA.