Danny White

Danny White




International Development

Intercollegiate Athletics Administration

Teaching/Public Speaking

Work History

Work History
2011 - Present

Director of Student-Athlete Affairs

Virginia Tech Athletics Department

Service-learning and study abroad program design

  • Piloted a course and study abroad experience that is the first of its kind to include Div I student-athletes.
  • Navigated and garnered support from all levels of the university.
  • Course, with a pedagogy of service-learning, includes students from multiple academic disciplines.
  • Learning objectives include: leadership theory, international aid, sustainability and critical reflection.
  • Worked with an international campus site, nonprofit, governmental agency and an NGO to tailor students’ service to best meet expressed community needs.
  • Coordinated collaboration among the following offices to establish courses viability, academic standards and success: Chief Executive Officer for the Virginia Tech Foundation, Vice President and Dean for Undergraduate Education, Vice President of Outreach and International Affairs, Associate Vice President for Engagement, Department Head of Agriculture and Extension Education, Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Associate Athletic Director of Administration. 
  • Service consisted of a 5-day camp dedicated HIV/AIDS education and sports instruction.  
  • Abroad experience was a true cultural immersion via experiencing communities and contexts of local youth.

Oversee Leadership Development curriculum, training, events and budget

  • Coordinate implementation of leadership training comprised of over 250 training sessions, reaching more than 180 student-athletes on an annual basis.
  • Annually oversee the Character Education Budget ($20,000).
  • Collaborate with various campus departments to strengthen leadership programming and initiatives
  • Oversee 4-5 interns/graduate assistants annually.
  • Organize student community outreach events with local public schools, Boy Scouts of America, Micah’s Backpack, Giving Tree Food Pantry, VMI, etc.
  • Plan annual Athletic Department events including all logistics, caterers, awards, invitations, speakers and ceremony proceeds: All-Sports Banquet ($20,000 event) and A.D. Honor Roll Breakfast ($12,000event).

University Committee Involvement

  • University Council on International Affairs (Fall 2012 – present)
  • Division of Student Affairs Courageous Leadership Committee (Fall 2011 – Spring 2012)

Professional/University Presentations

  • University Council on International Affairs (Fall 2012):  International Service-Learning Course Design
  • International Leadership Association (Fall 2012): Graduate Student Case Competition, 2nd Place
  • University Athletic Committee (Fall 2012): International Service-Learning Course Design
  • National Leadership Forum, Growing Leaders (Summer 2012): Leadership Development in Professional and Intercollegiate Athletics to representatives from Auburn, Texas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Alabama, Lehigh, Purdue and the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • University Athletic Committee (Spring 2011): Habitudes Leadership Program
2006 - 2010

Coordinator of Student Life

Virginia Tech Athletics Department
  • Organized New Student-Athlete Orientation
    • Annually developed program aimed to introduce freshmen to various athletic department staff members such as: Director of Athletics, Sports Nutritionist, Sports Psychologist, head coaches, academic advisors, etc.
    • Planned events designed to familiarize incoming student-athletes with various campus offices, staff & faculty.
    • Invited guest speakers from numerous supporting campus departments such as: Student Conduct, Office of Financial Aid, Career Services, Multicultural Programs & Services and Student Affairs.
  • Responsible for Personal and Career development of over 500 Virginia Tech student-athletes

oPersonal development: Organize personal development workshops on a semester basis including social networking responsibilities, leadership development, financial planning seminars, and etiquette dinners.

oCareer development: Organize career preparation programs such as: etiquette dinners, mock-interviews, “Marketing your Student-Athlete Experience” program, and “Resume Critique Week.”

  • Co-Advisor of VT Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
    • Committee consists of over 40 of Virginia Tech’s top student-athletes and acts as liaison between student-athletes, athletic department administration, and the Virginia Tech community at-large.
    • Oversight of committee’s 5-6 major community service projects per academic year. 
2002 - 2006

Campus Staff

Athletes In Action - Nonprofit

Co-managed daily operations of nonprofit campus organization including marketing, fund raising, student meetings.

Team Leader of South America Baseball Team tour: Nicaragua & Venezuela, June-July 2004

Lead instructor of character-building teaching materials.

Project Director of Spain Track Team tour: Spain, June-July 2003

Responsible for all international logistics including travel, room & board and budgeting for 22-member track team.


2011 - Present

Phd Planning, Governance & Globalization

Virginia Tech