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 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.
“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 excellence.”
As UB’s athletics director, White will lead the only full Division I-A 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 recognition.
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 Tech.
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 achievement.”
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 greater excellence.
“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 golf programs.
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.
What they are saying about Danny White:
“I am excited for Danny White, one of the top young administrators in intercollegiate athletics today. He’ll do an unbelievable job at Buffalo, and I look forward to watching the growth of UB’s athletic program under Danny’s leadership and direction.” - Former UB Athletic Director Warde Manuel
“I would like to congratulate Danny White on his selection as the Director of Athletics at the University at Buffalo. His impressive accomplishments throughout his career, including most recently at Mississippi, combined with his extensive background of the Mid-American Conference as an administrator both at Ohio and Northern Illinois make him ideal for this position. I look forward to working with Danny as we continue to grow our conference and our member institutions.” - Mid-American Conference Commissioner Dr. Jon A. Steinbrecher
“The entire Ole Miss Family congratulates Danny, Shawn and their children on this much deserved appointment at the University at Buffalo. We did everything possible to keep Danny at Ole Miss, but ultimately this decision is what is best for Danny and his desire to hold an FBS athletics director position.
“The White family has many longstanding connections to Ole Miss, and I only wish I’d had more time with him and all of them. However, having experienced that pursuit to be an AD, I understand the great opportunity he’s been offered. Danny has a very bright future, and I applaud the University at Buffalo for making the right decision.
“We wish Danny and his entire family all the best and know that Ole Miss will always hold a special place in their hearts. There’s no doubt that there will always be a place in our hearts for them.” - Mississippi Athletic Director Ross Bjork.
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