William R. White

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William Richardson White (December 2, 1892 – March 24, 1977)[1] was the President of Hardin-Simmons University from 1940 to 1943, and of Baylor University from 1948 to 1961.[2][3][4][5]


In 1913, he attended Baylor University, but he transferred to Howard Payne College and graduated in 1917.[2][3] In 1924, he received a Ph.D. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.[2][3] He taught there for three more years.[2] He served as a Baptist pastor at the First Baptist Church at Greenville and the First Baptist Church of Lubbock.[2] He next served as executive secretary of the Baptist General Convention of Texas.[2] He then pastored at Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth and the First Baptist Church of Oklahoma City.[2] From 1940 to 1943, he was the President of Hardin-Simmons University.[2] He then served as Editorial Secretary of the Baptist Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, and later pastored at the First Baptist Church of Austin.[2][4][5] From 1948 to 1961, he served as President of Baylor University.[2][4][5] He was a Mason.[4]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Pat Morris Neff
President of Baylor University
Succeeded by
Abner Vernon McCall