The UMAA Foundation added success, experience and a familiar face with the addition of Danny White as Chief Development Officer in August 2009. White was later promoted to Executive Director in December 2009, and Senior Associate Athletics Director in December 2010. White provides leadership to the Revenue Team, comprised of the UMAA Foundation and Ticket Office staffs, and focused on all fundraising efforts as well as season ticket sales for Ole Miss Athletics.
Since White's return, several new initiatives have been rolled out. Most notably, the restructured Vaught Society, which encompasses major gift commitments of $5,000 or more annually. Since its launch December 31, 2009, donors joining the Vaught Society have committed over $11 million to help fund new facilities. The UMAA Foundation has experienced remarkable growth in White's two full years at the helm with consecutive record breaking years in terms of cash from gifts received - $17.1 million in fiscal year 2010 and $17.5 million in 2011.
White spearheaded the inception of the Forward Together Campaign - a $150 million capital campaign focused on a new basketball arena in addition to a renovation and expansion of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Launched August 9, 2011, the Forward Together Campaign raised over $40 million in its first two months. The Capital Gift Agreement, or CGA, is a unique concept developed by White and his staff that allows donors to secure premium seats and realize benefits similar to those found in professional sports. The CGA program has been instrumental in the early success of the Forward Together Campaign.
White returned to Ole Miss from Fresno State, where he held the position of Associate Athletics Director for Development from 2007-09. He coordinated all aspects of the Bulldog Foundation including annual giving and season tickets, but primarily focused on major gift fundraising. The Bulldog Foundation experienced unprecedented success under White's leadership, including the two largest gifts in department history. He spent the 2006-07 season as the Assistant Athletics Director for Development at Northern Illinois University where he lead the Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund to a record year with over 30% growth in membership. In White's first stint with the UMAA Foundation, he served as a Development Associate from 2005-06. During that time, he helped launch the courtside seating program for men's and women's basketball and assisted in the initial planning of the recent baseball stadium expansion.
White began his professional career at Ohio University, where he served as Director of Basketball Operations before becoming an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach. As a student-athlete, White began his college career at Towson, where he played basketball for two seasons before transferring to Notre Dame. With the Fighting Irish, he was a member of the 2002 team that achieved a record of 22-11 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
White received his bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Notre Dame in 2002 as well as an MBA (Business Administration) and MSA (Sports Administration) from Ohio in 2004 and 2005 respectively. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Higher Education here at Ole Miss.
The White family is deeply involved in Intercollegiate Athletics as brother Michael serves as the Head Men's Basketball Coach at Louisiana Tech, brother Brian is a Senior Account Executive for Razorback Sports Properties, and father Kevin is the Director of Athletics at Duke University. He and his wife, Shawn, have three children, Aidan (7), Molly (4) and Caitlin (2).