Olivia G. White, Ph.D.
Vice President, Student Life and Dean of Students
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 203
- Ph.D., Union Institute
- M.S., University of South Carolina
- B.S., College of Charleston
After more than 30 years in higher education administration and 17 years as a senior administrator at Hood, Dean White remains committed to and passionate about her work with students. She is a strong advocate for student growth and development and especially enjoys providing the vision and leadership for programs and services to advance their growth and the mission of the College and student life.
Her interest in student affairs began when, as an undergraduate, she served as secretary of the student government association at the University of Charleston and was nurtured through several professional opportunities after college.
Prior to joining the student life division at Hood, Dean White worked at six different colleges and universities in numerous positions of responsibility. These diverse work experiences—student development practitioner, manager and administrator—significantly prepared her for her current role as vice president for student life and dean of students. She is responsible for providing leadership and management to the division of student life which includes the Athletic Department, Department of Campus Safety and Security, Wellness Center (health and counseling services), Department of Residence Life, Dean of the Chapel, Office of Multicultural Affairs and International Student Programs, Student Engagement and Orientation and Associate Dean of Students. Dean White also advises the Student Government Association.
White earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from the College of Charleston and a master of education in college student personnel with a concentration in counseling from the University of South Carolina. She also completed post graduate coursework at the University of South Carolina, earned a doctorate in higher education administration and educational leadership from Union Institute and University and completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.