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Howard A. White (September 28, 1913 - February 1, 1991)[1][2] was an American historian and academic administrator. He served as the president of Pepperdine University from 1978 to 1985.

Howard Ashley White
President of Pepperdine University
In office
Preceded byWilliam S. Banowsky
Succeeded byDavid Davenport
Personal details
BornSeptember 28, 1913
Cloverdale, Lauderdale County, Alabama
DiedFebruary 1, 1991
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Spouse(s)Maxcine Feltman
Alma materDavid Lipscomb College (AA)
Tulane University (BA), (MA), (PhD)

Early lifeEdit

White was born on September 28, 1913, in Cloverdale, Alabama. He graduated from David Lipscomb College in 1932, and he earned a master's degree and PhD in history from Tulane University, finishing in 1953.[3][4][5] From 1933 to 1942, White served as a preacher at a number of Church of Christ congregations in Mississippi.[6]


White was a minister of the Churches of Christ in New Orleans, Louisiana while he was still in graduate school.[4] He was described as an "evangelist" at the Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ in 1951.[4]

White began his academic career as a professor of history at David Lipscomb College in 1953. In 1958, he joined the history faculty at George Pepperdine College as chair of the social sciences division.[6] He published literature about the Reconstruction era.[3] White served the university in a number of roles, including as executive vice president,[7] and he founded the school's program in Heidelberg in 1963.[8]

White served as the president of Pepperdine University from 1978 to 1985.[3] During the course of his presidency, "Pepperdine's financial resources more than doubled during White's presidency, from $90 million to more than $208 million."[9] His tenure also saw the addition of 200 acres to the school's Malibu campus, the construction of a considerable number of buildings on campus—including Eddy D. Field Stadium—and the 1984 Summer Olympics, which took place, in part, at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool.[10] He was succeeded by David Davenport.

Personal life and deathEdit

White married Maxcine Feltman in June 1952. She died in 1973.[6] They had two sons.[3] White died in 1991 in Los Angeles, at 77.[3]

Selected worksEdit

  • White, Howard A. (1970). The Freedmen's Bureau in Louisiana. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press. OCLC 754337933.


  • Baird, David (2016). Quest for distinction : Pepperdine University in the 20th century. Malibu, California: Pepperdine University Press. ISBN 9780997700404.
  1. ^ "The Finding Aid of the Howard A. White Papers 0010". Online Archive of California. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Howard Ashley White". History of the Restoration Movement. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Folkart, Burt A. (February 3, 1991). "Howard A. White; Ex-Pepperdine Chief". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  4. ^ a b c "Gospel Meetings at Church of Christ". The Kingsport Times. June 29, 1951. p. 2. Retrieved October 4, 2018 – via
  5. ^ Baird 2016, p. 408–409.
  6. ^ a b c Baird 2016, p. 409.
  7. ^ Baird 2016, p. 363–364.
  8. ^ Baird 2016, p. 146.
  9. ^ "Past Pepperdine Presidents: Howard A. White". Pepperdine University. Retrieved October 4, 2018.
  10. ^ Baird 2016, p. 476.