Cynthia (Cindy) White has been named the Director of Belmont University’s new Office of Sponsored Programs. White comes to Belmont from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., where she has served as Director of the Research Office, leading a staff of nine, since 1998. Washington University consistently ranks in the top lists of private and public universities in research grant funding, receiving well over $500 million annually in sponsored research funds.
“Cindy White brings exceptional ability and experience to Belmont University to help us launch our initiative to support funding for academic programs, partnerships and faculty research,” Dr. Dan McAlexander, Belmont provost, said. “With the high-caliber leadership that Cindy White will provide, the Office of Sponsored Programs will enable us to enhance our strong academic programs and to support our talented faculty and students in securing funding for a range of projects and research.”
White received the 2006 National Distinguished Service Award from the National Council of University Research Administrators, and is widely recognized as a leader in all facets of research administration in higher education. Before taking her position at Washington University, White was Assistant Director of the Division of Sponsored Research at Vanderbilt University. White received a B.A. in Sociology from Louisiana College and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University.
“Belmont University offers me the opportunity to work side by side with faculty and administration to build capacity for resources for the remarkable array of academic programs, faculty research, and new initiatives the university has under way,” White said.
The Office of Sponsored Programs at Belmont University will open July 1, 2007.