July 16, 2014
New Albion College President Mauri Ditzler, who formally began his tenure July 1, has made his first executive appointment with the addition of Jerry White as vice president for finance and administration.
White (right), whose start date is September 8, 2014, is coming to Albion from nearby Spring Arbor University, where he has served in the same role since 2007 and has led the institution to six consecutive years of balanced budgets. He has also overseen the construction and renovation of several campus facilities. Overall, White brings 14 years of higher education experience in finance and administration, complementing his background within the medical industry and public accounting, having served at Elkhart (Ind.) General Hospital and Ernst & Young.
"I look forward to Jerry joining our team at Albion," Ditzler said. "He arrives at an exciting time when we are assembling a team that will help Albion model the very best attributes of America's residential liberal arts colleges."
White, a certified public accountant, holds his M.S. in education from Purdue University, specializing in higher education business and finance management. He earned a B.A. in accounting from Anderson University. White replaces James Galbally, who filled the vice president post on an interim basis following former VP Michael Frandsen's appointment as interim president for the 2013-2014 academic year.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to serve at Albion College," said White, who prior to Spring Arbor spent seven years at Huntington University as controller and director of financial services. "I feel very fortunate to be a part of the team Dr. Ditzler is assembling, and I'm excited to arrive on campus, begin working with faculty and staff, and build on Albion College’s excellent reputation."
"I am pleased that we were able to attract someone with such strong credentials," Ditzler added. "Clearly, this is a reminder of the high regard in which our institution is held. Both Jerry and I are pleased to build on the remarkable work that Mike Frandsen did as CFO and interim president."