StrivePartnership Names Executive Director

StrivePartnership Names Veteran Academic, Non-profit Leader Byron P. White as Executive Director

White Brings Experience from Higher Education and Community-Based Initiatives

Cincinnati, OH – November 15, 2016 – With unique experience in academic, corporate and non-profit sectors, Byron P. White will fill the role of StrivePartnership executive director, the partnership announced today.Most recently, White served as Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University. His role included the oversight and strategic development of three interrelated areas of focus for the University: civic engagement, workplace engagement, and inclusion and multicultural engagement. 

In his new role, White also will be a Vice President of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, under which the StrivePartnership operates. He said he looks forward to leading efforts to improve outcomes for children cradle to career.

“I am excited to be joining the team to advance the groundbreaking work that StrivePartnership launched a decade ago in Cincinnati,” he said. “The partnership’s leadership is needed now more than ever and I’m eager to contribute my experience to its continued success.”

White brings a strong background in leading both academic initiatives and community-based work. Before joining Cleveland State University, White was Vice Chancellor for Economic Advancement at the Ohio Board of Regents where he led statewide efforts to promote research commercialization, internships and co-operative learning, workforce development, and adult education. Prior to the Ohio Board of Regents, White was the Vice President for Community Engagement at Xavier University involved with its Community Building Institute.

White began his career as a newspaper journalist at the now-defunct Cincinnati Post, where he served as editorial page editor. He also was a reporter and editor for the Chicago Tribune and later became the newspaper’s senior manager for community relations. White also served as executive director of the former Conference of Walnut Hills Churches in Cincinnati, a coalition of 18 congregations in Walnut Hills that worked together to promote education and economic development initiatives. 

“Byron brings valuable experience from a wide array of sectors which will greatly inform his work leading StrivePartnership,” Leslie Maloney, StrivePartnership Executive Committee Chair and Senior Vice President and Education Program Manager of the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation said. “He is a passionate leader who deeply cares for the community. We are excited to have him on board.”

White earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Ohio University, a master’s degree in Social Science from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate in Education Management from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Vanessa reside in Cincinnati’s North Avondale neighborhood. 

White will assume the role in January.

Founded in 2006, StrivePartnership unites leaders from various sectors to support every child, every step of the way, cradle to career in the urban core of Greater Cincinnati. The partnership improves student outcomes through: Engaging and empowering leaders; Using actionable data and continuous improvement; Aligning resources to what works; Pursuing local and institutional policy change; and Advocating for equity at all levels of the system.

KnowledgeWorks is focused on ensuring that every student experiences meaningful personalized learning that allows them to thrive in college, career and civic life. We develop the capabilities of educators to implement and sustain competency-based and early college schools, work with state and federal leaders to establish aligned policy conditions and provide national thought leadership around the future of learning.