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Alan White

Title: Professor
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-4141
Office: Sumwalt, Room 342
Alan White


Alan R. White is Professor of Biological Sciences. Previously, he served as Dean of Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences at East Carolina University, in Greenville, NC (2005 – 2013), and as Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND (2000 – 2005), where he also was Chair of the Department of Botany (1997 – 2000). Dr. White is a plant cell biologist, with a BS in Biology and a PhD in Botany from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has held faculty positions at Marshall University, North Dakota State University, East Carolina University and the University of South Carolina. In addition to his research on plant cell wall structure and synthesis, he has been a key contributor in the development and testing of the Virtual Cell, a virtual environment for learning cell biology (, and he has been active in a variety of funded projects to improve science education practices.

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