Robert L. White

Robert L. White
2008 Award of Honor

– Class of 1996

Robert Lynn White is a life long resident of Johnson City. He graduated from Science Hill High School in 1982. He has a B.B.A. in Operations Management from East Tennessee State University and an M.B.A. from Milligan College.

White is co-founder of Brotherly Love Ministries, a contemporary gospel music ministry based in Johnson City. Brotherly Love has four recordings; they are Power in the Music (1990), Not Just Another Face in the Crowd (1992), You Ought to Know (1996), and Brotherly Love Live: "Everything's Going to Be Alright" (2002).

White is in his 24th year with the Johnson City Power Board, a public electric utility company serving all of Washington County and parts of Sullivan, Carter, and Greene counties. He has served in several roles during his tenure with the Power Board. White currently serves as Chief Public Relations Officer, where he manages the public/community elations and customer support department.

White is very active in his community. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Economic Development Board, the Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County Chamber of Commerce, the Johnson City/Washington County Area United Way, the Johnson City Development Authority, Boys and Girls Club of Johnson City/Washington County, SunTrust Bank, and the ETSU Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Johnson City Regional Planning Commission. In 2005, Robert was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Commission on National and Community Service (Volunteer Tennessee). In 2007, Robert was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to serve on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC). THEC serves as the coordinating body for the 51 public colleges, universities, and technology centers, which collectively educate approximately 225,000 students. Robert White's honors include "Forty under Forty" by the Tri-Cities/Virginia Business Journal, and the "Horizon Award" by the ETSU College of Business and Technology.

White is a member of Friendship Baptist Church where he serves as deacon, choir member, Sunday school teacher, youth director, and assistant treasurer. He has been married to the former Karen Cunningham for 21 years, and has one son, Joel Ryan, a Johnson & Wales University and University of Tennessee at Knoxville graduate.