Ed White, CPS, Administrative Specialist

Ed White started work with the center in the Fall of 2002, but has worked in the same suite at UT since 1995, and has known many of the CLEE staff over those years.  Formerly the Principal Secretary for the LRE for LIFE Project, a technical assistance project focusing on Special Education and Inclusion, he is glad to be still providing support for educators in Tennessee.

In his current position, Ed assists Jackie Riester managing the business end of CLEE, monitoring administrative activities, troubleshooting problems, keeping current on ever-changing policies and procedures,  and advising the administrative and management teams, etc.  He also audits and processes major event invoices, and handles the majority of CLEE’s Purchasing, Contracts, Subcontracts, bidding and submissions for non-competitive procurements.   Other duties include space and equipment inventory, making deposits, etc., and generally filling in gaps in administrative work as needed.

At UT, Ed became a charter member of the University of TN Chancellor’s Commission on LGBT People in 2007, for which he served for the next three years, and is very excited about the prospects for UT’s newest commission to advance tolerance and respect for all people within UT and its community.  Although he has rotated off the commission, he is still an active participant keeping the LGBTANet listserv at UT up to date with news and local announcements.

Ed has many outside interests that have kept him active in his local community.  He has worked with the Hope Center since 1995 as a volunteer care-giver for PWA’s (People With AIDS) and a workshop presenter, and served as the Co-Chair of the Panel-Making Committee for the local AIDS Memorial Quilt Chapter.  He also has been a Master Gardener for the Knox County Agricultural Extension Office, volunteering time and plants to create and maintain gardens for various non-profit entities and individuals, and propagating plants for charity plant sales.

Meanwhile, Ed has become a familiar face as an actor locally, directing and performing in dozens of comedies at Theatre Central from 1990 until it merged into Theatre Knoxville Downtown in recent years, as well as acting in local commercials and various films.  Twice nominated Best Actor in the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition, he has also acted at Theatre Memphis, West Memphis Little Theatre, Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre, and in productions by the Actor’s Coop and the Genius Waitress Society.  Twice a year he performs a dramatic monologue called “The Caregiver” for local AIDS caregiving workshops and programs.  And the last Sunday every September he can be seen in costume haunting the annual Old Gray Cemetery Lantern & Carriage Tour, reenacting many of the historical figures buried there.

Ed is also a published writer and photographer, and enjoy hiking, fossil hunting, and other outdoor activities.  But most of all these days, his spare time is spent being a parent to daughter Solvi.

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