News Release

Timeless Gift Benefits College of Arts and Sciences


The late Elizabeth B. White, A.B. '73, was a real people person. She enjoyed her friends and, in particular, meeting new people. She was active in cultural and artistic endeavors, enjoyed discussing politics—and was especially devoted to the University of Miami.

Now Elizabeth's memory will live on through the Elizabeth B. White Endowed Professorship in the College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Political Science. It's a fitting tribute for one of UM’s loyal graduates.

Born in 1951, Elizabeth grew up in Miami Beach and Long Island, New York. After enrolling at the University, Elizabeth found herself drawn to the Department of Political Science, the focus of her studies. She used the knowledge she gained at UM in her career, working for 30 years at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP, where she became office administrator and the face of the downtown Miami law firm.

After learning she had cancer, Elizabeth created a trust in her estate plan to take care of her mother and leave a legacy to her beloved alma mater. She passed away in 2006, and her mother died in 2012.

Department Chair Jonathan P. West expressed his gratitude, noting, “The generosity of the Elizabeth B. White trust is greatly appreciated. It will enable us to expose students to the latest research, increase the department’s visibility, extend our subfield strength, improve undergraduate and graduate programs, retain quality faculty, and fund significant research.”

Elizabeth B. White
Elizabeth B. White, A.B. '73