Rick White is 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.