A rising star in intercollegiate athletics, the former Notre
Dame basketball player and New Orleans native has quickly ascended
the ranks of college athletics leadership.
His many accomplishments include notable success in raising
funds for programs at major universities, including the University
of Mississippi and California State University-Fresno, and coaching
and serving as an administrator at Mid-American Conference (MAC)
members Ohio University and Northern Illinois University. At Ohio,
he helped lead the men’s basketball team to a MAC
championship and an NCAA tournament berth.
White currently serves as senior associate athletic director at
the University of Mississippi. Since 2009, he also has served Ole
Miss as the executive director of the UMAA Foundation, leading the
organization to consecutive record-breaking years, raising $17.1
million in 2010 and $17.5 million in 2011.
“Danny has an impressive and very well-rounded athletic
portfolio—he clearly knows the world of intercollegiate
athletics from nearly every vantage point,” said Tripathi.
“What’s more, he has a keen recognition of UB’s
great potential—and what it will take to realize this promise
as we continue our institutional pursuit of excellence.
“Over the years, we have steadily been building a
nationally competitive Division I program dedicated to the pursuit
of academic and athletic excellence. With this national search, we
set out to find a leader who would continue this upward momentum
and take it to the next level—a leader who will help advance
UB’s mission of excellence by ensuring that our
intercollegiate athletics programs compete among the best in the
nation,” Tripathi said. “I am delighted to say that we
have found exactly this individual in Danny White.”
As UB’s athletic director, White will lead the only full
Division I athletics program in the SUNY system, heading up a
department that offers 20 intercollegiate sports and has more than
500 student-athletes. He will report directly to Tripathi and serve
on the senior leadership team.
His hiring comes at a time when UB’s athletics programs
are making tremendous strides. The Bulls have won conference
championships in the past four years in football, men’s
basketball, women’s rowing, men’s swimming, and
men’s and women’s tennis. UB’s student-athletes
also consistently earn conference-wide and national recognition for
their academic achievements, including Academic All-MAC honors and
White comes from a family deeply involved in intercollegiate
athletics. His father, Kevin, is director of athletics at Duke. His
brother Michael is head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana
Tech. His brother Brian is a senior account executive for Razorback
Sports Properties at the University of Arkansas.
“I am thrilled to serve as director of athletics at such a
world-class institution,” White said. “I am excited
about the vision of excellence UB is pursuing under President
Tripathi’s leadership and I am energized by the prospect of
helping to advance that vision by leading the next chapter of UB
“Everything I have learned about this opportunity gives me
great confidence in the future,” he
said. “It’s especially encouraging to see how
clearly the Western New York community embraces UB’s athletic
department. I look forward to working hand in hand with the
community to help us create something special as we build on all of
the great work that's been done here.”
Francis M. Letro, a UB Law School alumnus who co-chaired the
search committee, said White will be a tremendous asset to UB and
the Buffalo community. “Our search process drew a very
strong, deep pool of applicants from across the country, which I
see as recognition of UB’s growing national reputation, both
academically and in athletics,” Letro said. “Danny
White clearly emerged as a true leader among leaders.”
Dennis R. Black, vice president for university life and
services, who served as the other co-chair of the search committee,
said White brings the energy, experience and leadership skills that
will serve UB and its student-athletes well as the university
strives to reach even greater excellence.
“Danny sets a superb example for our students,”
Black said. “He has earned post-graduate degrees and is
working on his doctorate, as well as achieving success on the
basketball court and in his chosen profession. Danny, his wife,
Shawn, and their family will be wonderful members of the UB
community and we are looking forward to their arrival.”
From 2007-09, White was the associate athletics director for
development at California State University-Fresno. He managed the
Bulldog Foundation and raised $7 million annually for Fresno State
athletics. He cultivated and solicited the three largest major
gifts in the history of the school’s athletics program.
In addition to his development duties, White also coordinated
Fresno’s football scheduling and supervised the men’s
and women’s golf programs.
As assistant athletics director for development at Northern
Illinois University from 2006-07, he managed the Huskie Athletic
Scholarship Fund and increased membership by 30 percent. He also
contributed to the completion of private funding for the $14
million Academic and Athletic Performance Center.
White began his career in athletic administration in 2005 as a
development associate for the UMAA Foundation at Mississippi. He
assisted in the coordination of a $10 million annual fund.
A collegiate basketball player at both Towson University and the
University of Notre Dame, White was director of basketball
operations for men’s basketball at Ohio University for the
2003-04 season, before being promoted to assistant men’s
basketball coach for the 2004-05 campaign.
He is a 2002 graduate of Notre Dame with a bachelor’s
degree in business administration. He earned master’s degrees
in both business administration and sports administration from Ohio
University, and recently completed the coursework for a doctorate
in higher education from Mississippi. He and his wife, Shawn, have
three children: Aiden, 7; Molly, 4; and Caitlin, 2.