Feb. 15, 2007
DALLAS (SMU) ó Lori S. White, who has held student affairs positions at the University of Southern California, Stanford University and Georgetown University, has been named vice president for student affairs at Southern Methodist University, effective July 1. She currently serves as associate vice president for student affairs at USC.
Lori S. White
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"Lori White brings to this position a remarkable background of student affairs experience, leadership in her profession, and research on topics relevant to student issues," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. "The quality of the campus experience is one of SMU's greatest strengths in recruiting and retaining students. She is the perfect choice to build on that quality and keep us up-to-date in our development of students for leadership now and after graduation. We are delighted to welcome her to SMU and the Dallas community."
At SMU, White will be responsible for student life programs including residence halls; student activities such as women's, multi-cultural, volunteer and leadership programs; judicial affairs; campus ministries; health and wellness programs; career services; the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports.
She also will have an adjunct faculty appointment in SMUís School of Education and Human Development.
"I am delighted and very excited to become the vice president for student affairs at SMU," said White. "SMU has great students and strong leadership and is poised to become one of the premier institutions of the 21st century. I look forward to the opportunity to work with faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the Dallas community to continue to attract the best and brightest students from around the country and the world to SMU."
As second-in-command of the USC Division of Student Affairs, White supervises a staff of 70 and manages a $7 million budget. She oversees areas including orientation, volunteer activities, the student newspaper, cross-cultural education and enrichment, academic support programs, student life activities, the student union, student government and campus recreation center. She also holds a faculty position at USC as associate clinical professor in the Rossier School of Education, teaching a graduate-level course on "The Politics of Difference."
A native of the San Francisco Bay area, White earned her A.B. degree in psychology and English from the University of California and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis, with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University's Management and Leadership in Education Program.
Before assuming her current position at USC in 2004, White was associate vice president for student affairs and dean of students at San Diego State University. She previously served as assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and director of undergraduate advising at Stanford University and held student affairs positions at Georgetown University and the University of California at Irvine. An active researcher, she has given more than 50 papers and presentations at professional conferences.
In addition to her administrative responsibilities, White has been active in community and professional activities, serving in leadership positions with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. Other leadership activities include serving on a Stanford University fundraising steering committee, as founding president of the Stanford Black Alumni Club of San Diego and as a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. She is active in The United Methodist Church.
White's honors include being named Most Inspirational Staff Member by the USC Black Student Class of 2006 and receiving the San Diego State University Top 25 Award and the Legacy Award for Outstanding Contribution from the Georgetown University Black Student Alliance. She also was named Outstanding Black Staff Member at UC-Irvine.
In her new position as SMU vice president for student affairs, White succeeds James E. Caswell, who is retiring after 40 years of service to the University.
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