A former Hartlepool resident has been rewarded for his services to education in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.
Mark White is to receive an OBE for dedicating 40 years of his life to helping to change lives through education in a number of roles.
Mark is the Chair Designate of Stockton Riverside College, Visiting Fellow of Teesside University and Chair of Middlesbrough’s Abingdon Primary School.
The 58-year-old who used to live in town, said: “I felt quite overwhelmed and even a little weepy when I opened the letter.”
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, Mark arrived in Teesside in 1976 as an 18-year-old Social Sciences student of the then Teesside Polytechnic.
He said: “I thought I would be here for three years and then go back, but before I knew it 40 years had flown by.
“Teesside got into my blood,” he said.
As a place to live, work and study, he added: “It has been great to me and, while it might sound like a cliché, I try to give something back.”
Mark never left Teesside University until his retirement as Head of the Vice Chancellor’s Office and Secretary to the Board of Governors earlier this year.
Alongside the day job, Mark has worked in a wide array of voluntary roles with countless schools, charities, community groups and professional organisations.