William Robert White

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Ponca City Public Schools Superintendent (Retired) and Career Educator
Nominee: Freda Deskin

Dr. White’s career as an Oklahoma Educator spans 40 years serving as a teacher, elementary principal, superintendent, and adjunct professor. Bill graduated from Charles Page High School, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. His post-secondary education was interrupted by military training, where he earned the rank of Sergeant First Class (E7). He earned Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, and Doctor of Education degrees from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

He recently completed 15 years as adjunct teacher in the Masters of Education program for Southern Nazarene University, where he taught School Law and Oklahoma School Finance. He served as Superintendent of Deer Creek Schools (nine years) and Ponca City Schools (10 Years), retiring in 2004. Bill was selected by the Oklahoma Association of School Administrators as the Superintendent of the Year in 2000 and given the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. In 2011, he was inducted into the Oklahoma State University Education Hall of Fame.

Bill is actively involved in the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief Team, with which he has traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, and Haiti as well as several tornado sites in Oklahoma. He recently participated in constructing a chapel at Camp Grubber near Muskogee. He spends all of his spare time turning “segmented bowls” and studying the connections between various woods and trees mentioned in the Bible and our understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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