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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release October 19, 1993


President Clinton announced his intention today to nominate Jesse L. White, Jr. to be a Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission.

White, a resident of Chapel Hill and Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, is a consultant, lecturer, and writer in the fields of economic development, public policy, and strategic planning. From 1982-90, he served as Executive Director of the Southern Growth Policy Board, an economic development think tank that was chaired in 1985 and 1986 by then-Governor Clinton. White worked closely with the President in producing the highly acclaimed report of the 1986 Commission on the Future of the South, Halfway Home and a Long Way to Go.

In addition to his consulting work, White has served in numerous positions in federal and state government. During the Carter Administration, he was the chief policy planner for higher education at the U.S. Department of Education. He also served as a special assistant to U.S. Senator John C. Stennis, and as Secretary of the Mississippi State Senate. In 1990, he was a Fellow of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University. He was selected to participate in the 1984 International Business Fellows Program of the Georgia World Congress Institute, and currently serves on the Visiting Committee to the M.I.T. Political Science Department.

White holds a B.A. from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. from the University of Sussex, England, where he studied as the first Marshall Scholar ever from his home state of Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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