Rick White

Rick White

Rick White is the former Associate Vice Chancellor for Communications and Public Affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to joining Carolina, Rick spent forty years, including twenty five years as a chief communications officer, at organizations with high public profiles and operations in challenging business, regulatory and political environments. In the U.S. Air Force, he served as a squadron commander and as a public affairs officer.

Across the energy industry, Rick’s leadership and counsel have been sought by a variety of organizations including the Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, Nuclear Energy Institute, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and the American Gas Association. He chaired the Senior Energy Communications Group, a roundtable organization of twenty energy industry chief communication officers.

Rick serves on the board and executive committee of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the Public Relations Seminar, and the Public Relations Society of America. Previously, he served as a member of the board and executive committee of the Institute for Public Relations.

His community involvement has included chairmanship of community-wide United Way campaigns in two different cities,service as president of one of the country’s largest Rotary Clubs, and service on or chairing the boards of several community-based organizations.


 

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Our Mission

The Plank Center’s mission is to help develop and recognize outstanding diverse public relations leaders, role models and mentors to advance ethical public relations in an evolving, global society. The Center works to achieve its mission by:

Advancing knowledge of leadership values and skills in the profession;

Supporting research, teaching, service, and professional educational efforts that help develop diverse, responsible and trustworthy leaders;

Bridging the interests and vision of the practice and education; and

Collaborating with other groups and associations to nurture the ethical and effective practice of public relations.