White will be dean of the University of New Mexico business school for the next three years “to continue the positive momentum of the school,” according to a news release.
UNM also announced this week that Joe Cecchi will continue as dean of the School of Engineering through June 30, 2017. A national search for a new dean will begin in fall 2016.
“Dr. White has successfully stepped in the leadership position after the retirement of the former dean, Douglas Brown,” Provost Chaouki Abdallah said in the release. “I am extraordinarily pleased that during his tenure, he earned great support from the Anderson faculty and staff and that he has agreed to stay on for an additional three years so that the initiatives underway can be realized. Of great importance is maintaining their positive accreditation status as well as construction of the first phase of their new building.”
White’s teaching and research specialty is in the area of federal income taxation. He holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in accounting from Texas Tech University and a bachelor’s of business administration from Texas A&M University.
“It has been a privilege working with the Anderson School’s faculty and staff over the past 14 months as interim dean,” White said. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to now serve as dean as we continue to focus on our core mission of management research, education, and community service.”
White’s research interests include the effect of tax incentives on business decision-making, ownership of intellectual property and business startups commercializing new technologies, according to the release.
Cecchi, a professor of chemical and biological engineering, was engineering dean from 2000-09, and again starting in February 2014. He also is associate provost for national laboratory relations.