ABOUT MARK

EDUCATION

MA – 2018 Lipscomb University – Institute for Conflict Management

BS, Ed – 1974 University of Memphis – Major: Education, Biology

BS – 1968 Harding Academy of Memphis

EXPERIENCE


1973 – 1980 K-12
Science Teacher

1977-1980 Elementary Principal – Harding Academy-Wooddale

1980-2007 Small business owner – Entrepreneur

2001-2018 Director – Global Children’s Educational Foundation

Director of Scholarship Program for Children in Republic of Panama

2010-Present Tennessee State Representative – District 83

Chairman – Education Committee

    Representative Mark White was elected to serve District 83 in the Tennessee House of Representatives by special election in January 2010 and is currently serving his sixth term in the Tennessee General Assembly.

    Mark currently serves as

    Chairman – House Education Administration Committee

    Member – Calendar and Rules Committee

    Member – Health Committee

    Co-Chair – Tennessee Holocaust Commission

     

    Mark has a passion for education.

     

    • Voted to increase K-12 school funding by over $1.5 billion in eight years
    • Supported multiple teacher pay raises
    • Backed more vocational and technical training opportunities for high school students so they learn job-ready skills
    • Supported $40 million to improve school security
    • Addressed early childhood literacy in grades K-3

    The result—Tennessee recognized as “fastest improving state in nation” in education

     

    Mark has received numerous awards and recognition for his legislative work, including six ‘Legislator of the Year’ Awards.  He was nominated to serve as a member of Leadership Tennessee.  Lipscomb University’s Institute for Conflict Management has honored Mark as Alumni of the Year.

     

    A small business owner, Mark founded ‘Grand Events & Party Rentals’ which grew into a successful business with 100+ employees.

     

    Mark’s passion for education and children led him and his wife, Kathy, to establish ‘Global Children’s Education Foundation’.  This organization provides financial assistance and an opportunity to receive an education to impoverished children in the Republic of Panama.    He authored “May I Call You Dad – Why Father’s Are Needed in the Home”.  Drawing from practical experience, Mark addressed the importance of fathers as leaders within the home and the difference one person can make in the life of a child.

     

    Mark was born in Union City and spent most of his childhood years living in Naples, Florida, where his father was a minister.  The family moved back to Memphis when Mark was in high school.  He is a graduate of University of Memphis, majoring in Education, and received a Master’s degree in ‘Conflict Management’ from Lipscomb University in May 2018.

     

    Mark began his career as a teacher at Harding Academy in Memphis and taught science to fifth, sixth and seventh graders.  After being voted ‘Teacher of the Year’ in 1976, he was appointed Principal of Harding Academy Wooddale in 1977.

     

    Mark and Kathy have been married over 40 years and reside in Memphis.  Their daughter and son-in-law, Bonny & Mike Osterhage live in San Antonio with their two grandsons, Jack and Ty.

     

    EXPERIENCE

    MA – 2018 Lipscomb University – Institute for Conflict Management

    BS, Ed – 1974 University of Memphis – Major:  Education, Biology

    BS – 1968 Harding Academy of Memphis

    EDUCATION


    1973 – 1980 K-12
    Science Teacher

    1977-1980 Elementary Principal – Harding Academy-Wooddale

    1980-2007 Small business owner – Entrepreneur

    2001-2018 Director – Global Children’s Educational Foundation

    Director of Scholarship Program for Children in Republic of Panama

    2010-Present Tennessee State Representative – District 83

    Chairman – Education Committee