Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

John Hazen White, Jr., P’10, P’12

TACO/White Family Foundation Grand StaircaseTACO/White Family Foundation Grand Staircase and a study space

John Hazen White, Jr., P’10, P’12“I believe strongly in supporting and perpetuating the ability of young people to receive a high-quality liberal arts education,” says John Hazen White, Jr., P’10, P’12. “And Wheaton College certainly fulfills this mission.”

The TACO/White Family Foundation Study Space.

The TACO/White Family Foundation Study Space.

A Wheaton trustee since 2008 and father of John Hazen White ’10 and Benjamin Clark White ’12, this Rhode Island businessman believes in education. His commitment to education is reflected in his business as well as in his generous support for Wheaton.

White is president of Taco, Inc., one of the leading brand manufacturers within the HVAC industry. His Cranston, R.I.–based company has received recognition for its Taco Learning Center. Employees and their family members can take courses ranging from mathematics and civics to English as a second language free of charge. “It’s one of the more progressive examples of employee training anywhere in the country,” he says.

A gift to the Mars Center for Science and Technology from White’s family and company foundation has been commemorated with the naming of a study space and the external grand staircase connecting the center and upper campus to the Haas Athletic Center. “What a lovely place to be represented,” he says.

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About Mary Howard

Mary Howard ’85 is a freelance writer and editor who lives in southeastern Connecticut.