Purdue trustee White steps down from board

February 4, 2015  


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Purdue Board of Trustees announced Wednesday (Feb. 4) that Bruce White, the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of White Lodging, has resigned his position on the board.

White, who has served as a Purdue trustee since 2011, is a graduate of Purdue University and the Harvard Graduate School of Business O.P.M. Program. He was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Purdue University School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Hall of Fame.

“Bruce has contributed immensely to this university both as a member of our Board of Trustees and as a valued alumnus,” Board Chair Tom Spurgeon said. “Bruce served with distinction and we will miss his insight and wisdom. Although we are disappointed that he will no longer be part of the board, we fully understand and respect that family and business have pulled him away. We know he’ll always support our great university and will forever be a proud Boilermaker.”

Purdue trustees are appointed by the Governor of Indiana. Gov. Mike Pence will appoint a trustee to fill the vacancy left by White’s resignation and complete the term through June 30, 2017.

Bruce White biographical information:

White is an active and highly respected leader and advocate of numerous hospitality, business and civic organizations. Most recently, he was a finalist for HOTEL magazine’s Global “Corporate Hotelier of the Year" and was a member of the inaugural class inducted into the Purdue School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Hall of Fame. Additionally, he was recognized with the IHLA Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hunter Hotel Developer Award for Excellence & Inspiration and, along with his family, the Will Koch Indiana Tourism Leadership award.

He serves on the Starwood North America Owners Advisory Council, is past charter president of the Courtyard by Marriott Advisory Board; a member of the Residence Inn by Marriott Association Board of Directors; and a charter member of Renaissance Hotels Advisory Board.

White’s board of director involvement also includes The Chicago Economic Club, Chicago Big Shoulders, Merrick Ventures and the advisory board for the Terlato Wine Group. He is member of World Presidents' Organization and is a previous past member of Young Presidents' Organization. Additionally, White served on the governing board of the University of Chicago Hospitals and was a charter board member of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Media contact: Purdue Office of the Board of Trustees, 765-494-9710, trustees@purdue.edu

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