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Lunch & Learn
Embassy Suites
200 Township Ave
Ridgeland, MS 39157
Wednesday, March 09, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM CDT
Category: Lunch and Learn

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Speaker: State Auditor Shad White

Shad White, Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), grew up in Sandersville, Mississippi ‐ population 731 ‐ in a blue-collar family. His father and grandfather were oilfield pumpers, and his mother and grandmother were teachers. On the weekends, his father was music minister at their small country church, and his mother played the organ. Today his father serves as mayor of their small town. Shad went on to earn degrees from the University of Mississippi, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School.

Shad was appointed the 42nd State Auditor of Mississippi in July 2018 and won election to the office after establishing a tough, no-nonsense reputation during his first year on the job. Prior to becoming Auditor, Shad served as a special prosecutor, won ethics cases against politicians who broke the law, and earned a certificate in forensic accounting (the use of accounting to discover fraud) from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also serves in the military as an officer in the Mississippi National Guard assigned to the 186th Air Wing in Meridian.

The Auditor's office has made multiple notable arrests since Shad became State Auditor. The amount of stolen or misspent public money demanded back for the taxpayers increased by millions under Shad's leadership. The Auditor's office has pursued aggressive consequences for embezzlers regardless of whether they were Republicans or Democrats. Shad was elected with no opposition to a full four-year term in 2019.

Today, Shad, his wife Rina, and their daughters live in Rankin County and are faithful members at St. Richard Church.