Prior to joining Westminster College, Dr. White was a tenured professor and the Director of the University of Utah's Public Health Program for eight years. While at the University of Utah he led the Public Health Program through two successful Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) accreditations, the last received the maximum award of seven years.
It was as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman that Dr. White laid the foundation for a career in healthcare. After receiving an honorable discharge for Vietnam Era (1968-1972) service, he completed Physician Assistant training in October 1975. He continued military service as a reserve W01, CW02 and CW03 in the Utah Army National Guard from October 1978 to September 1990. Prior to Operation Desert Storm he transferred to the U.S. Air Force Reserve where he served from September 1990 to February 1996. His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal as well as other federal and state decorations. Dr. White retired as Major from the Air Force Reserve in 1996 following 22 years of exemplary military service.
Dr. White has maintained certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) since 1976. He has also maintained a Utah license as Sanitarian/Environmental Health Scientist since 1985. In 1995 the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) selected Dr. White as the "Outstanding PA" of the year. In 1996 the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States also named Dr. White as the "PA of the Year" for all federal agencies. He has provided healthcare in numerous practice settings from specialty tertiary care clinics to Native-American primary care clinics. At one point in his career he served as the first remotely deployed Physician Assistant in Wendover, Utah/Nevada for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. He was the first PA to be awarded the rank of tenured Professor at a research university. In 2008 the AAPA honored him with the "Distinguished Fellow" recognition.
He was the second holder of the T.F.H. Morton MD Presidential Endowed Chair in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine. In 2004 the Utah Public Health Association awarded Dr. White its highest honor, the Theodore Bruce Beatty M.D. Award and in 2007 he was chosen as "Utah Best of State" in the College/University Teacher category. In 2002 he was appointed Chair of the Utah Health Advisory Council (HAC) by Governor Michael O. Leavitt. He served as chair of the HAC for six years and was reappointed as a council member in July 2007 by Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. In 2008 Dr. White was the first public health practitioner in Utah to pass the National Board of Public Health Examiners certification examination, thus earning the CPH designation.
Over thirty years of clinical experience has steeled his resolve regarding the importance prevention plays in healthcare. As he says, "Notwithstanding all the miraculous advances in medicine, an ounce of prevention continues to be worth a pound of cure." Public Health education is truly his passion. In the classroom he often tells students, "The dread of disease and the hope for health are common denominators of all humanity."
Dr. White has held the rank of professor (tenured) at the University of Utah, University of South Alabama, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the College of Health and Human Performance at Brigham Young University. In 2004 he graduated from the prestigious National Public Health Leadership Institute, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has authored over 200 journal articles and many book chapters on various healthcare topics.
George has been married to Kaylene Thornock White for over 26 years and they have three children, George III, Kaitlin, and Kaycee. Kaylene is also an educator teaching at Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University.
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