In 1977, Shelia White joined the Southern Miss Gulf Coast staff where she also earned her undergraduate degree in 1982 and a master’s degree in 1987.
White has received dozens of professional awards for her work in public relations at the state and regional levels. She was named the 2002 recipient of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi Professional Achievement Award and was named a Senior Practitioner in 2003 by the Southern Public Relations Federation. She received the Staff Excellence Award in 1995 from The University of Southern Mississippi, has been honored as the Harrison County Schools 1999 Parent of the Year, Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women in 2000 by the Mississippi Business Journal and was a member of the 1999 Class of Leadership Gulf Coast.
She lives in Gulfport with her husband, a member of the AT&T management team. They have two grown children.