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Kevin White

Deputy Athletic Director & CFO
Northwestern University

Kevin White joined Northwestern as Deputy Director of Athletics & Chief Financial Officer in 2017.

At Northwestern, White is a part of the Executive Staff that helps to chart the path of the Department of Athletics and Recreation.  As CFO, he directly oversees the finance and business operations, including budgeting, financial reporting, short and long-term planning, and capital projects funding, while providing administrative oversight of human resources, information technology and purchasing.  He also is responsible for football scheduling and postseason bowl planning.  White also serves as a sport administrator for men’s soccer and women’s basketball.  He also represents the Department of Athletics and Recreation by serving on Northwestern University’s Committee on Institutional Efficiency.  

At SMU as the Senior Associate A.D./ Chief Operating Officer, the Chattanooga, Tennessee, native oversaw business operations, human resources and strategic planning, as well as the sports medicine, sports performance and equipment departments. In addition to operating as the sport administrator for SMU's women's basketball, and men's and women's soccer programs, White also served on the American Athletic Conference's soccer sport and championship committee.

Prior to joining SMU in 2014, White was the Associate A.D and CFO at Georgia State University where he helped launch the University's FBS football program in 2010. He served as a sport administrator for eight varsity programs in addition to providing oversight of the athletics department budget and football scheduling. Recently, GSU recognized his contributions to his profession, community, and to the university by naming him to its inaugural Forty Under 40, Class of 2018. White earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in 2001. He was a graduate assistant at Georgia State for the men's basketball team while completing his masters of science in sports administration, and earned an MBA from Kennesaw State in 2012.

Over the course of his career, White has served on numerous committees for the Collegiate Athletic Business Managers Association (CABMA). He was selected to take part in the prestigious NCAA Leadership Institute, was a facilitator for the NCAA Career in Sports Forum, and he is a graduate of Division 1A Institute, LEAD1 Institute and the NACDA Senior Administrators Mentoring Institute.

Thursday, December 06

Behind the Scenes: Second in Command--The Deputy Athletic Director

They oversee all daily operations of the department, but more importantly, Deputy ADs are empowered to make decisions across the whole organization and keep things moving when the athletic director is somewhere else. These future ADs will discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with being the AD’s right hand; and how their role prepares them.

Moderator: John Ourand, Reporter, Sports Business Journal
Nina King, Deputy Athletic Director, Administration and Legal Affairs & Chief of Staff, Duke University
Colleen Sorem, Deputy Athletic Director & CFO, University of Maryland
Chad Weiberg, Deputy Athletic Director & COO, Oklahoma State University
Kevin White, Deputy Athletic Director & CFO, Northwestern University