BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo President Satish K.
Tripathi today named Daniel J. "Danny" White the new director of
UB's Division of Athletics.
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
members Ohio University and Northern Illinois University. At Ohio,
he helped lead the men's basketball team to a Mid-American
Conference championship victory and an NCAA tournament berth.
White currently serves as senior associate athletics director at
the University of Mississippi. Since 2009, White has also 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.
Tripathi said, "Danny has an impressive and very well-rounded
athletic portfolio -- he clearly knows the world of intercollegiate
athletics from nearly every vantage point. 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
"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.
"I am delighted to say that we have found exactly this
individual in our new athletic director, Danny White," Tripathi
said. "He knows the world of intercollegiate athletics from nearly
every vantage point. And perhaps most importantly, he has a special
understanding of the role that a competitive athletics program
plays in the success of a major AAU institution. 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
As UB's athletics 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 and national titles 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 NCAA
White comes from a family deeply involved in intercollegiate
athletics. His father, Kevin, is director of athletics at Duke. His
brother, Michael, is the head men's basketball coach and his
brother, Brian, is the associate athletics director at Louisiana
At age 32, White will be the youngest athletic director in the
Football Bowl Subdivision ranks. He and his wife, Shawn, have three
children: Aiden, 7; Molly, 4; and Caitlin, 2.
Danny White said, "I could not be more excited about the
prospect of serving as the director of athletics at such a
world-class institution. I am grateful for the confidence that
President Tripathi and the search committee have shown in me to
lead the next chapter of UB Athletics."
"Everything I have learned about this opportunity gives me great
confidence in the future. Now, more than ever, is the time for the
Western New York community to embrace UB's athletic department and
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, "Danny 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. I have every confidence in Danny's
ability to lead our program as we pursue even greater
Dennis R. Black, UB's vice president for university life and
services who served as the other co-chair of the search committee,
said, "I'm very pleased by the choice of Danny White. He brings the
energy, experience and leadership skills that will serve the
university and our student-athletes well as we strive to reach even
"Danny sets a superb example for our students. 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, Shawn and their family will be wonderful members
of the UB community and I am looking forward to their arrival."
Since 2009, White 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.
From 2007-09, White was 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
White was 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 completion of private funding for the $14
million Academic and Athletic Performance Center.
White began his career in athletic administration as a
development associate for the UMAA Foundation at Mississippi in
2005. He assisted in 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.
White 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. He is working to complete a doctorate in higher
education from Mississippi.