Brian White was named Florida Atlantic University Vice President and Director of Athletics on March 3, 2018. Since that time White has wasted no time initiating the culture of #WinningInParadise in Boca Raton while helping the program grow in stature and national prominence.
White, who has an extensive background in collegiate sports administration, hit the ground running upon arriving in Boca and in his first year at the helm of the FAU Athletic Department hired three new coaches, built a strong administrative staff and spearheaded several initiatives including Paradise Pricing, the Paradise Pride Program, and a #HeismanInParadise campaign for FAU running back Devin “Motor” Singletary. In 2019 FAU will add a new premium seating area at FAU Stadium — Paradise Field Cabanas — field-level cabanas.
With a background in fundraising and external relations, White was able to help FAU make strides in in those areas. FAU rebranded from the Owl Scholarship Fund to the Paradise Club and was able to increase giving to 275% compared to the previous year while also growing membership by 25%. Overall FAU saw giving increase to 630% of the previous year.
White came to FAU from the University of Missouri, where he was named senior associate athletics director in 2015 before becoming deputy athletics director for external relations in 2016. He also served as Missouri’s sport administrator for football and men’s basketball.
White’s family is highly-respected in collegiate athletics. His father, Kevin, is Duke University’s vice president and director of athletics; his oldest brother, Mike, is the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Florida; brother, Danny, is vice president and director of athletics at the University of Central Florida and sister Mariah is an assistant AD at SMU.
Prior to his time at Missouri, White was the associate athletic director for development and chief development officer at Army West Point. He also oversaw all athletic fundraising efforts at the University of Tulsa in 2014 and was associate athletic director for external affairs at Louisiana Tech University from 2012-2014. Before moving into athletics development and administration, White spent 2007-12 as an account executive at IMG College, a leading collegiate sports marketing company.
White earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Notre Dame (2006) and a master’s in business administration from Ohio University (2008). White and his wife, Paige, have two daughters, Callahan and Emerson.