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February 12, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate leads Spartanburg, S.C., Chamber of Commerce

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Charles White, a 1968 Slippery Rock University physical education graduate and a 1971 master’s of physical education recipient, has been named interim president and chief executive officer of the Spartanburg [S.C.] Area Chamber of Commerce.

White assumed leadership of the organization earlier this year and will serve until a permanent replacement is hired.

White is a retired director of residential life services for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind.

In addition to his SRU degrees, he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri.

Since retiring from the SCSDB in 2006, he has served as the interim director of the Children Shelter of the Upstate, the Bethlehem Community Center, Carolina Counseling and the Spartanburg Charter School.

He is a graduate of Leadership Spartanburg and the Spartanburg Regional Fellows Leadership Program. Currently, he is on the board of directors for Spartanburg Regional Hospice Program, the Arts Partnership, Leadership Spartanburg Alumni Association and the Trees Coalition. In addition, he is a member of the board of visitors of Converse College and the Spartanburg Community College’s Downtown Campus. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Air Force the S.C. Air National Guard, where he participated in Desert Storm.

The chamber is a private, non-profit organization supported through membership investment and strategic partnerships. Its mission is to enhance the economic vitality and lifestyle environment of Spartanburg County.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.