HERS President & Executive Director
Judith S. White is the President and Executive Director of HERS (Higher Education Resource Services). Since her tenure began in 2005 HERS has launched the HERS Institute at the University of Denver (2007), expanded the HERS Institute at Wellesley College (2008-2009), and revised the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute to a new shorter format (2010). These changes have created a shared and enhanced curriculum across all HERS Institutes, while also nearly doubling the capacity of HERS Institutes to serve women faculty and administrators seeking leadership and management development. HERS is now planning new programs under the HERS Leadership Initiatives projects.
Dr. White came to HERS from Duke University, where she was serving as Assistant Vice President of Campus Services. Previously she had been Special Assistant to President Nannerl O. Keohane from 1993-1998, and Assistant Vice President in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Director of the Residential Program Review (1998-2003).
At Duke she also held an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Women’s Studies, teaching one seminar a year, focusing on issues of politics and culture in women’s groups in U.S. ethnic communities. She served for three years as Chair of the Duke University Administrative Women’s Network and served on the Executive Committee of Duke’s “Women’s Initiative” (a review of the status of women at Duke), and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women.
Prior to her years at Duke, Dr. White was at Dartmouth College for five years, 1988-93, serving as the first Director of the Women’s Resource Center, and then as Assistant Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. She was also the founding director of the Women’s Resource Center at UNC-Greensboro and taught there 1981-85. In addition, she taught and held administrative positions at and UNC-Charlotte, at Queens College in Charlotte, and at Pratt Institute in NYC.
In 1985-86, Dr. White served as President of the Southeast Women’s Studies Association, having served as a Regional Delegate to National Women's Studies Association Delegate Assembly, 1983, 1986, 1987. She was a member of the North Carolina Humanities Council (N.C. affiliate of NEH), 1986-88. She also participated in Leadership North Carolina and served on the board of BRIDGES, a leadership program for women in North Carolina colleges and universities.
Dr. White was honored this year with the 2012 Founders Award from the Women’s Center Committee of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). Dr. White was a Senior Fellow of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) 2003-2005, serving as an advisor to AAC&U’s Project on the Status and Education of Women (PSEW) and as chair of the advisory board for Campus Women Lead, an affiliate of AACU. She currently serves on the board of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW).
Dr. White began her collegiate career at Salem College, before transferring to Princeton University. She graduated from Princeton in 1972. She received her MA in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University in 1974, and her PhD in English from the University of Virginia in 1979. She attended the HERS Bryn Mawr Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration in 1996.