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NACUA's Distinguished Service Award

Lawrence White - 2010

Lawrence White has worked for thirty years as a lawyer and administrator in the higher education and nonprofit sectors. He is currently vice president and general counsel at the University of Delaware. At earlier stages in his career he served as chief counsel to the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; university counsel at Georgetown University; deputy general counsel to the University of Virginia; counsel to the Board of Regents of the University of Maryland System and Morgan State University, and assistant secretary and associate counsel at the American Association of University Professors. He has been an adjunct member of the faculties at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Georgetown University, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. He received his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his B.A. degree from Harvard University.

Lawrence joined NACUA in 1985. He has served as its Treasurer from 1996-1999. He also served on the Board of Directors from 1991-1994, as a Member-at-Large. He has also served on a plethora of NACUA committees too numerous to mention, including service as Chair of the Committee on Finance and Audit and the West Task Force; Vice Chair of the Committee on Publications and Vice Chair of the West Negotiating Team.

In 2001, he received the NACUA award for Fellow of the Association for bringing distinction to the practice of law on behalf of colleges and university clients through the quality of his scholarship and the breadth of his service.

Lawrence has been a frequent speaker at NACUA CLE workshops, annual conferences, and virtual seminars (25 times in the past 15 years since he first spoke at a NACUA educational program in 1995). He also authored several publications including the monograph: Managing Your Campus Legal Needs: An Essential Guide to Selecting Counsel; the pamphlet: Complying with Drug Free Workplace Laws; the NACUANOTE: Staff Layoffs and Reductions in Force: Organizing the Process and Managing the Legal Risks; and the JCUL 50th Anniversary issue article “Fifty Years of Academic Freedom Jurisprudence.”

Lawrence is an “in-demand” speaker and NACUA is always proud to have him as a regular fixture on NACUA programs. He is supportive and encouraging to his colleagues and introduces new members to the world of NACUA. He models the essence of NACUA core values.

NACUA is pleased to recognize Lawrence White as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding and exemplary service to the Association, most especially for his ongoing commitment to NACUA service through his extensive Board and Committee involvement, and for his distinguished service as its Treasurer.