The sixth annual Award was presented to Mr. Frank E. White, Jr., SC Department of Education, at a ceremony held on February 19, 2008.
Frank E. White, Jr. has served the citizens of this state in the South Carolina Department of Education since 1978. He is currently Interim Director, Office of Community and Parent Services, Division of Education Services. Prior to this assignment, he has worked with the Office of Safe Schools and Youth Services, Community Education, Office of Leadership and School Improvement, Office of General Education, and served as the State Attendance Supervisor. In the late 1980s, Mr. White assisted in the development of and was an original consultant to the agency’s At-Risk Youth Program Section. As a consultant for the Target 2000 Dropout Prevention and Retrieval Programs, Mr. White managed 35 dropout prevention pilot programs with a combined budget of $5.3 million. He is known throughout the state and nation for his in-service programs on dropout prevention, attendance, alternative education, homelessness, and truancy to community groups, college and university groups, school districts, and schools. He has coordinated efforts to establish, manage, and evaluate 82 alternative educational programs and alternative schools. Mr. White’s three decades of leadership and service are most deserving of the Governor and Mrs. Richard W. Riley Award for Excellence in Dropout Prevention.