Kirk White is Assistant Vice President for Strategic Partnerships at Indiana University. He joined the IU Office of the Vice President for Engagement in 2010 and is responsible for coordinating national defense and homeland security partnerships with state and federal government agencies and IU’s mutually beneficial relationships with economic development organizations in the southwest Indiana region. He holds additional appointments as Military Liaison for the IU Office of the President and Associate Director of IU’s Center on American and Global Security. Kirk joined the professional staff of IU in 1984 after completing the Bachelor of Science degree from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has served IU in several external, alumni and government relations assignments including, Assistant to the Vice President, Director of Alumni Chapters, Assistant Director and Director of Hoosiers for Higher Education, Coordinator of IU’s Critical Incident Communications Team and most recently as Director of Community Relations.
A former elected official, Kirk served eight years as a member of the Bloomington City Council (1988-95), and one term as Monroe County Commissioner (1997-2000). In city and county office he focused on land use planning, improving public works, utilities, public safety, emergency management, animal control and fleet management. The Association of Indiana Counties awarded Monroe County the 2001 Local Government Cooperation Award for an emergency communications system project that Commissioner White directed.
In 1989, Kirk enlisted in the Indiana Army National Guard. Later commissioned as a Field Artillery officer, he has been assigned as Battery Fire Direction Officer, Battery Commander, Battalion Executive Officer, Headquarters, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment and Asst. Fire Support Coordinator for the 38th Infantry Division. He was called to active duty in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and served as Chief of an Embedded Training Team with a light infantry battalion of the Afghanistan National Army (2004-05) where he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and Combat Action Badge. He served a second tour in Afghanistan (2009-10) as commander of a provisional task force responsible for base operations and force protection in Kabul and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. Lt. Colonel White is currently Commander, 2nd Battalion, 150th Field Artillery Regiment headquartered in Bloomington.
He and his wife Janice have two daughters.