In March 2020, Marcia J. White was unanimously chosen by The College of Saint Rose Board of Trustees as the College’s interim president.
In the year since she has been President, she has led the College on a path to sustainability and has named the development of a truly inclusive living and learning environment as one of her top priorities. Working with the Board and the Saint Rose community, she has become known for her transparent and direct style, and deep commitment to the Saint Rose values of caring for the dear neighbor and meeting the needs of the times. A woman of deep faith, she often states to students and employees, that she feels called to lead Saint Rose at this time of a global pandemic, deep national reflection on race and social justice, and economic challenge particularly in higher education. She leads with compassion and decisiveness based on her experience as a nurse, a mother, and as an executive in government and the arts.
White is a Saint Rose alum, who has served for 20 years on the Saint Rose Board of Trustees and has chaired its trustees affairs and governance committees. She was honored in 2016 as the recipient of Saint Rose’s A Community of Excellence award for her service and contributions to the College and the Capital Region.
She is president of Marcia White Consulting, LLC. White also held the position of press secretary to the majority in the New York State Senate and served as president and executive director of the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). She is widely credited for having led a financial and artistic transformation that ensured SPAC’s continuation as a preeminent cultural institution and major economic driver in the Capital Region.
White has been a director of the governing board of the New York State Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities and is a member of the commission’s Alumni Hall of Distinction.
She has served on the boards of several Capital Region nonprofit organizations, including the Mohawk-Hudson United Way; Siena College Creative Arts Committee; the Community Advisory Board, St. Peter’s Hospice of Rensselaer County; Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau; the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce; the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce; the Saratoga Springs Commission on the Arts, and Hearst Corp.’s Women@Work.
She was honored with the “Woman in the News Award” from the Women’s Press Club of New York State; New York State Senate’s Woman of Distinction Award; Capital Region Chamber’s Woman of Excellence Award; Capital District Business Review’s Women Who Mean Business Award, and Saratoga Arts “Community Arts Leadership” Award.