SMU VP Lori White is 2015-16 chair-elect of leading professional organization for student affairs administrators

Lori S. White, SMYSMU Vice President for Student Affairs Lori White has been voted 2015-16 chair-elect of NASPA, the leading association for the student affairs profession. She took on her new duties after the Business Meeting at the 2015 NASPA Annual Conference on Tuesday, March 24, in New Orleans.

Dr. White will serve one year as chair-elect before beginning her term as board chair during 2016-17. She will serve as past board chair in 2017-18. She will also serve as a member of the Executive Committee of NASPA’s Board of Directors.

During her more than 30 years working in higher education, Dr. White has served as associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Southern California and has also worked at Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities and the University of California-Irvine. She has served as SMU’s VP for student affairs since 2007 and is also a clinical professor in the University’s Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

Her research and teaching emphases include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She has written numerous articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings.

Dr. White is active nationally in several higher education organizations and has served on the Board of Directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and for the NASPA Foundation. In 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by NASPA.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Dr. White earned undergraduate degrees in psychology and English from the University of California-Berkeley. She received her Ph.D. degree 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.

NASPA is the leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession. The organization’s work provides high-quality professional development, advocacy and research for 14,000 members in all 50 states, 25 countries, and eight U.S. territories.