Rick White has been a public relations professional for more than four decades, working in organizations with challenging business, regulatory, political and media environments. His industry experience includes military public affairs, telecommunications, energy and higher education. He was the chief communications officer at two Fortune 500 companies and his "encore" role after retirement was as associate vice chancellor for communications at Carolina. 

Currently, White provides counsel to a select group of CCO's on their strategic communications, issues management and team development needs. He also regularly advises and mentors communications professionals across the country on career issues.

He is a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the Public Relations Society of America and the board of advisers of the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, and is a past member of the PR Seminar and the board of trustees of the Institute for Public Relations.


  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill