John White has recently been named the dean of Libraries at the College of Charleston. He has served as interim dean since 2012.

White received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Va., a Master’s Degree in History from the College of Charleston, and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Florida.
For the past 12 years he has worked at the College of Charleston Libraries – first as an archivist and later as the head of digital scholarship and services and the associate dean for special collections and digital initiatives.

[Related: Learn more about College of Charleston Libraries.]

White is the author of a number of works on southern history and politics, including Race, Grass Roots Activism and the Evolution of the Republican Party in South Carolina,1952-1974, in Glenn Feldman’s Painting Dixie Red:  When, Where, Why, and How the South Became Republican (University of Florida Press, 2011) and The White Citizens’ Councils of Orangeburg County, South Carolina, in Winfred B. Moore and O. Vernon Burton’s Toward The Meeting of the Waters: Journeys in the History of the Civil Rights Movement in South Carolina, 1901-2003 (University of South Carolina Press, 2008). He is the co-editor of Data Driven: Digital Humanities in the Library, which is under contract with the Purdue University Press.

[Related: Under White’s guidance, the College was part of the Digital Public Library of America launch.]

White has been the principal investigator on a number of private and federal grants and has served as the director of the Lowcountry Digital Library, the regional co-director of the South Carolina Digital Library, and the Director of the Program in the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic World at the College of Charleston.