It is such an honor to be your Dean of Students. I’ve spent more than half of my career helping students find success in front of employers and partnering with academic units to tailor the job search process for students of different backgrounds and majors. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to build on those relationships and provide care holistically to the student experience.
I frequently talk about having the courage to care. At UF, we frequently use the term care, but that doesn’t always mean we are caring vulnerably or with grit in the face of adversity.
UF students are unique and diverse, but we can all agree that individual well-being, feeling valued, and being respected are necessary to every students’ success in college.
As Dean of Students, I’m here for you to listen, to be an ally and to care courageously. This means pushing beyond boundaries when it is right and going out of my way to learn more about the what’s needed to serve you.
I work with our Dean of Students Office team, as well as the Division of Student Affairs and the UF community, to evaluate where we are now and how that’s going to lead us into the future. I invite all students to share your thoughts, concerns, hopes, and ideas with me. I want students to be involved in all aspects of the University of Florida experience so that together we can build rich experiences that transcend one’s time at UF to make a difference on the global level.
I would love to hear your ideas on the best way to connect with as many of you as possible. Please know that our team in the Dean of Students Office is always here for you and are willing to listen, create change, and shape UF for the better.
Heather White, Ed.D.
Associate Vice-President & University Dean of Students
Heather White has served as University Dean of Students and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs since January 2018. In her role, she oversees the Dean of Students Office, Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, and the Counseling and Wellness Center. As the Dean of Students she is responsible for student safety, the Division of Student Affairs emergency response, and the education of the University’s Code of Conduct. The Dean of Students Office also oversees the transition of all new students to the UF community and coordinates the U Matter, We Care initiatives including the Dean-on-Call incident response program. Details regarding the Dean of Students Office may be found on the homepage of this website. Dr. White also serves as a member of the University’s Critical Incident Management and Threat Assessment Teams.
Prior to assuming her role as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Heather White served as the Director of UF’ Career Resource Center from 2011 to 2017 after serving 8+ years in a variety of roles in the CRC. In her role as Director of the Career Resource Center, Heather led 24 full-time professionals and provided management and oversight for a centralized center serving approximately 50,000 students.
Before coming to UF Dr. White worked in Housing and Residence Life at Valdosta State University and Jacksonville University. Heather holds a Doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida, a Master’s degree in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Troy University.
Heather is active in the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) organization and previously served as a Directorate member for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Career Development and. She received a Leadership Award for her service to ACPA’s Commission of Career Development in 2011. She has delivered numerous presentations at local, regional and national conferences. Heather also enjoys research and assessment and has been able to utilize this interest to study the career needs of first-generation college students. She and her colleagues were awarded the Division of Student Affairs James E. Scott Fellowship and Outstanding Research/Assessment Project Award for their work to learn more about this particular population.