Barbara M. White

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Barbara M. White
Nationality American
Institutions Mills College
Alma mater Mount Holyoke College
Known for Presidency of Mills College

Barbara McClure White is a former ambassador and president of Mills College.


White received her B.A. in history from Mount Holyoke College in 1941.

White worked as a Foreign Service Officer, serving in Chile, Portugal, Spain, and Italy before becoming the deputy director of the United States Information Agency. In 1973, White became the first woman with ambassadorial rank in the United States delegation to the United Nations.[1]

As President of Mills College White said:

"The basic purpose of a liberal arts education is to liberate the human being to exercise his or her potential to the fullest."[2]

After her retirement, Mills established the Barbara M. White Professor of Public Policy Chair.


  1. ^ Burkhart, Ford (November 5, 1973). "Barbara McClure White Is 1st Woman Ambassador To UN From U.S.; Title Is Ms.". Associated Press. Retrieved 2 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Simpson, James B. (September 8, 1976). "The World: Education: Educators & Participants". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 2008-11-22. 
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Joseph Wert
President of Mills College
Succeeded by
Mary S. Metz