GREENCASTLE — DePauw University's eight-month search for a new leader is over.
The DePauw Board of Trustees Tuesday approved Dr. Lori White as the school's 21st president, effective July 1.
White, who will succeed Dr. Mark McCoy, will be the only African American woman leading a university in Indiana and one of the few in the nation to do so. She is also DePauw's first female president.
White is currently vice chancellor for student affairs at Washington University in St. Louis.
"Throughout her career, Dr. White has brought a student-centered approach to her work and the work of the institutions she has served," said Kathy Patterson Vrabeck '85, chair of the Board of Trustees. "She understands that the student experience is best served when academics, co-curricular experiences and residential life are considered holistically. Dr. White's ability to engage authentically with all constituents has contributed greatly to her success at world-class institutions."
Dr. White has more than 30-years of experience in leadership and academic roles. Before joining Washington University, she spent time at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the University of Southern California, San Diego State University and Stanford University.
Said White: "I am beyond excited to serve as DePauw's 21st president and join countless others who have passed beneath DePauw's iconic arch into a world of endless possibilities. Throughout the interview process, I've been deeply impressed by this community of extraordinary faculty who challenge students to think and learn broadly, supportive staff who care about each student's experience and students and alumni who exemplify the transformational impact of a DePauw education. I knew from my first awe-inspiring moment in East College that I wanted to be part of DePauw's history, tradition, passion and values that are truly 'gold within.'"
DePauw was founded in 1837 and has about 2,000 students