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Office: McLeod 5031
Phone: (434) 000-0000
Email: krwhite@virginia.edu@virginia.edu
Fax: (434) 000-0000

Ken White, Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at the School of Nursing, holds the University of Virginia Medical Center Professorship in Nursing with joint appointments in the McIntire School of Commerce and the Darden School of Business.

With more than forty years of experience in healthcare organizations in clinical, administrative, governance, and consulting capacities, Dr. White spent 13 with Mercy Health Services as senior executive in marketing, operations, and international healthcare consulting before pivoting into academia. Between 1995 and 2001, he served as the associate director of the MHA and MSHA programs at Virginia Commonwealth University, and from 2001 to 2008, as the director of VCU's MHA program. White was the inaugural Charles P. Cardwell, Jr., Professor of Health Administration at VCU between 2006 and 2008, and was named the inaugural Sentara Healthcare Professor in 2012, before arriving at the University of Virginia in mid-2013. 

Dr. White is a registered nurse, adult/gerontology acute care nurse practitioner, and Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. He is also a Fellow, former Regent and member of the Board of Governors of the American College of Healthcare Executives and holds visiting professorships at the LUISS Business School in Rome, Italy and the Swiss School of Public Health, in Lugano, Switzerland.

Research Focus

Describing and defining healthcare organization outcomes that vary by ownership type; improving palliative care education for nurses and physicians, and developing interventions that improve quality of life for people with life-limiting diseases or conditions.

Clinical Focus

Palliative care.

Teaching Focus

Master’s courses: management of healthcare organizations; quality, safety, and risk management; leadership; palliative care. PhD courses: organizational theory.


  • American College of Healthcare Executives, valid 1984
  • American College of Healthcare Executives (Fellow), valid 1990
  • American Academy of Nursing (Fellow), valid 2012
  • (Recertified Fell) issued by American College of Healthcare Executives, valid Expires 2017
  • (Basic Life Suppo) issued by American Heart Association, valid Expires 9/2015


  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, valid Expires 7/22/2018

Professional Service

  • Strategic Partnerships and Innovation, University of Virginia School of Nursing (2013-present)
  • Interim Associate Dean, Administration (7 months), University of Virginia School of Nursing (2014)
  • Professorship in Nursing (with tenure), University of Virginia Medical Center (2013-present)
  • Professor, University of Virginia Darden School of Business (honorary appointment) (2013-present)
  • Professor, University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce (joint appointment) (2013-present)
  • Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University (2013-present)
  • Sentara Healthcare Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University (2012-2013)
  • Professor (with tenure), Health Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University (2005-2013)