The Edison College District Board of Trustees has named the Lee Campus facilities building the Ronald W. White Hall, honoring the College's district director of facilities, planning and management who retires next month.
During White's 14 year tenure, the College has grown from two campuses and 25 buildings to three campuses and 47 buildings, and the physical plant capacity has expanded from 321,000 square feet to over 1 million square feet today.
In recommending the tribute, District President Kenneth P. Walker noted that White leaves a legacy of professionalism, cooperation and achievement. "We are indebted to Ron for his distinguished years of service and significant contributions supporting the growth and expansion of Edison College's facilities and services across the five-county district," said Walker.
Major construction projects for which White provided oversight include the 171 acre Charlotte Campus, the Lee Campus Kenneth P. Walker Health Sciences Hall, Medeleine R. Taeni Student Services Hall, Alice Lockmiller Child Development Center, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall expansion, and the Collier Campus Conference Center. Projects currently under development are a 50,000-square-foot nursing annex at the Lee Campus and the University of Florida Pediatric Dental Clinic and Edison College Child Development Center at the Collier Campus. White was also instrumental in securing State funding for the building which now carries his name.
Edison College has received numerous accolades for its attractive campuses, including a commendation from the College's accrediting body for "providing and maintaining facilities and grounds which provide a healthful, safe, and secure environment for students and contribute to an atmosphere conducive for effective learning."
Prior to joining the College, White was a licensed contractor. He and his wife, Madeline, live in North Fort Myers.