Dr. Benjamin M. White
Dr. Benjamin (Benny) White is a retired Lieutenant Colonel who served 22 years in the Army as a Field Artillery Officer, leading and mentoring soldiers throughout his military career before retiring from active duty in 2008. Over the years, Dr. White's leadership skills and strong commitment to teaching and learning helped to develop future leaders. He taught at the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as Professor of Military Science/Battalion Commander of the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Wheaton College. He continues to inspire and motivate students by working with the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program at Joliet West High School. Closer to home, White has volunteered his time and talent as a mentor, parent volunteer and guest speaker at several District 204 schools.
In 2012, Dr. White was appointed to the Indian Prairie School District 204 Board of Education and later was elected to the board in 2013, where he served as Board Secretary. In 2015, Mayor Chirico appointed Dr. White to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, where he proudly served for two years. Dr. White first was elected to the City Council in 2017 and was re-elected in 2021.
Dr. White has a bachelor's degree in Management Studies from West Point. He also earned a master's degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University and a MBA from Webster University. He received his doctorate in Values Driven Leadership from Benedictine University.
Councilman White's current term expires in 2025.