Lori S. White

President, DePauw University

Lori White headshot

Lori S. White became the 21st president of DePauw University in July 2020. She is the first woman and the first person of color to serve as DePauw’s president. Previously, she was the vice chancellor for student affairs and a professor of practice at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to her arrival at Washington University, she served as the vice president for student affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and worked at the University of Southern California; Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State universities; and the University of California, Irvine. Active nationally in several higher education organizations, White has served on the board of directors for the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education and for the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Foundation (Chair, 2016-2017); in 2009 she was named a Pillar of the Profession by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She currently serves on the Association of Governing Board’s Council of Presidents and is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Academic Leaders Task Force on Campus Free Expression. White is one of five founding college Presidents of the Liberal arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance (LACRELA). Her most recent publications appear in a co-edited volume titled Transformational Encounters: Shaping Diverse College and University Leaders and another titled Keep Calm and Call the Dean of Students: A Guide to Understanding the Many Facets of the Dean of Students Role. Born and raised in San Francisco, White earned her undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a PhD 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.