Governor Kasich Appoints William B. White to OAC Board


bill white standingCOLUMBUS, OhioGovernor John R. Kasich has appointed William B. White of Marietta to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) Board for a term ending July 1, 2019.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Mr. White to the OAC board,” said Donna S. Collins, executive director. “His extensive experience working with technology, marketing, and the biomedical industry—as well as his connection to music and southeast Ohio—will provide a unique perspective on the arts in our state.”


A native of Marietta, Mr. White served four years in the United States Marine Corps and is a Vietnam veteran of the 1st Marine Division. In 1985, Mr. White co-founded Offenberger & White, Inc. (OffWhite), a Marietta-based marketing consulting firm. OffWhite has completed more than 11,800 marketing-oriented projects for local, national, and international clients. Throughout his career, Mr. White has provided extensive technical assistance in the design, development, application, and marketing of numerous applied technologies employed by the biomedical, life science, and industrial laboratory community.


In February 2007, Mr. White was appointed as a charter member of the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Foundation for Music Education and served as president until February 2016. A practicing musician and songwriter, Mr. White plays the keyboards and performs with The Fossils, a classic rock band, and the JW3 Trio, an acoustic group specializing in unique covers of singer/songwriters. He also enjoys playing the air calliope in local parades and festivals.

“I look forward to representing the people of Ohio and, especially southeastern Ohio, in a great cause that draws a straight line between all art forms and economic development in Ohio and beyond,” said White. “The return on investment is well documented and reaches every corner of our state. Whatever we can do to encourage arts in education and in our communities enriches us all.”


All appointments remain subject to the advice and consent of the Ohio Senate.


The OAC Board is composed of 15 voting members appointed by the governor, and four non-voting members – two each from the Ohio Senate and House of Representatives. The Council Board is responsible for final approval of funding requests. The Board meets four times during a calendar year and all meetings are open to the public.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. Connect with the OAC on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or visit our website at


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