University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Law Alumna Senator Mary Jo Ransford White (’67) Receives Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award

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March 27, 2014


The University of Pittsburgh bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Fellow Award on retired State Senator Mary Jo Ransford White for her continuing support of the School of Law and her generous contributions to the school over the years.

White’s exceptional career has spanned decades. She served in the Pennsylvania Senate representing the 21st Senatorial District from 1996 to 2012. From 1976 to 1995 Sen. White was an attorney and Vice President of Environmental and Governmental Affairs for the Quaker State Corporation. Prior to that she was Public Defender for Venango County.  At Pitt Law she was a Delta Zeta member and on the editorial board for the law review.

Her spouse is the Honorable H. William “Bill” White (’67) whom she met while attending Pitt Law. Judge White presides as the Juvenile Court Administrative Judge for the 28th Judicial District.

Sen. White has made higher education a focus in her life, having been appointed to the University’s Board of Trustees in 2004 and was also a member on the Board’s Affirmative Action and Health Sciences Committees as well as the Board of Visitors of the Graduate school of Public Health, a position she still holds as Community Member.

Sen. White was also previously honored with the University of Pittsburgh 225th Anniversary Medallion. With her husband, Sen. White has made the extraordinary commitment to create The Honorable Mary Jo White and The Honorable H. William White Fund for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. This fund will continue to support the mission of the law school and student endeavors for years to come. 

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