Byron P. White, Ed.D.

KnowledgeWorks Vice President, Executive Director of the StrivePartnership

Byron P. White, Ed.D., has spent his career as a journalist and administrator in academic, corporate, non-profit and public sectors facilitating mutually beneficial engagement between institutions and urban communities. He currently is a Vice President for KnowledgeWorks Foundation and Executive Director of the StrivePartnership.

StrivePartnership is a regional coalition in Greater Cincinnati comprised of leaders from the education, business, philanthropic, nonprofit, civic, and faith communities who collectively seek to impact the system of education to ensure it nurtures every child, from cradle to career.

Dr. White previously was Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University, where he was responsible for developing and overseeing strategies that advanced civic engagement, workplace engagement, and inclusion and multicultural engagement on behalf of faculty, students and administrators.

Before joining Cleveland State, Dr. White was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement for the University System of Ohio, and Associate Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He began his career as a newspaper journalist covering urban issues. He served as the editorial page editor of The Cincinnati Post, and as an editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune and editor of newspaper’s Urban Affairs Team. He later became the Tribune’s senior manager for community relations. 

Between newspaper stints, Dr. White was executive director of the Conference of Walnut Hills Churches for Community Economic Development in Cincinnati and worked as a consultant with community-based organizations on Chicago’s West Side through the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at DePaul University, on whose national faculty he serves.

Dr. White is a Research Associate at the Kettering Foundation, and serves on the Advisory Board of the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University and on the board of the Cleveland International Film Festival. He has a doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in social science from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.

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