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ETEC Meeting: Andy White, Aerospace & Defense Business Institute, UT
July 15, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Director, Aerospace & Defense Business Institute
University of Tennessee’s, Haslam College of Business
Andy White, Ed.D. is the Director of the Aerospace & Defense Business Institute (ADBI) in the University of Tennessee’s, Haslam College of Business, bringing 30 years of experience in education leadership, strategic communications and national security to the position. As director, Dr. White leads industry outreach, marketing, branding and promotion for the institute’s degree and business job skills training programs. He also promotes the college’s applied research for the prestigious industry, which has included more than $58M of work for the Air Force since 2007. He also serves as Chairman of the college’s Aerospace & Defense Advisory Board, coordinating the support and counsel of more than 20 executives from public and private organizations all across the industry. He also develops and supports career orientation and career placement efforts with A&D employers and serves as a faculty member in the college.
From 2007 to 2014, White directed UT’s Aerospace & Defense MBA program. In this role he served as the senior academic and student affairs officer and a core faculty member for the executive MBA designed exclusively for A&D professionals. The program graduated nearly 200 leaders from more than 40 states during his tenure. He served as the senior liaison to government and industry executives, coordinating their input and working with faculty members to shape and deliver the ADMBA and complementary certificate programs. He also managed the program’s $2M+ annual budget, set tuition prices (with Trustee approval) and managed program delivery. White continues to serve as a core faculty member in the ADMBA. From 2012 to present, he has managed and delivered the program’s “industry immersion” residence period, providing a full week of industry-based, experiential learning for students and faculty members. From 2008 to 2011, he managed and delivered the international component of the program, leading trips to China, Japan and Brazil. He also manages the institute’s executive speaker series. He earned the Haslam College Dean’s Award for Excellence in Executive Education for 2012 and again for 2013. He also serves on the Advisory Council for UT’s Corporate and Foundation Relations Office.
Before returning to his alma matter (UT), Dr. White served a 20-year career as an Air Force officer, spending most of his service leading public affairs (Communications) missions. In his final assignment, he commanded the 341st Recruiting Squadron in San Antonio, Texas, leading a team of more than 115 personnel at locations all across south Texas. Under his leadership, the unit finished #2 out of 28 recruiting squadrons in war-time recruiting production. Prior to command, he served as Public Affairs Director for Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) at Hurlburt Field, Florida, leading the command’s communications programs at the height of the Global War on Terror. He and his team provided communications counsel, capabilities and operations to special operations commanders around the world. Before AFSOC, he served as Public Affairs Director for the SACS-accredited, Air University — home to the Air Force’s war colleges in Montgomery, Alabama. He also spent two years there as lead faculty member and deputy director of the Air Force’s, Public Affairs Center of Excellence. He deployed in support of contingency and combat operations six times, including a deployment to Iraq with Special Operations Forces in 2004. He also deployed to Saudi Arabia in 2001 and 2003, serving as Director of Public Affairs Strategy and Plans for all air operations at the start of combat in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Dr. White holds a doctorate in education leadership from the University of Southern California, an M.S. in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a B.A. in Political Science from UT. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force ROTC program and the DoD Public Affairs Officer Course. He is a member of Tennessee Governor, Bill Haslam’s, Aerospace and Defense Strategy Group working to help attract more aerospace and defense employers to the state. He participated in the Air Force’s, National Security Scholars conference at Duke University in 2015 at the invitation of the Secretary of the Air Force.
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