February 21, 2020
Hood College has announced that Olivia G. White, Ph.D., vice president for student life and dean of students, will retire later this year after more than 27 years at Hood and more than 40 years in higher education administration.
“Olivia has served our students, faculty and staff with her leadership, sense of humor and warmth and will be greatly missed,” College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. said. “She has been a pillar of the Hood community for nearly 30 years. It is hard to express the impact she has had on countless members of our community or to imagine Hood without Olivia White.”
White joined Hood in July 1992 and has been the vice president for student life and dean of students since 1994. In that time, she has created a student-centric environment that promotes academic achievement and a successful college experience. Under her leadership, she is responsible for departments that serve students’ everyday lives, including residence life, student engagement, commuter life, judicial affairs, health and wellness, orientation, diversity and inclusion, campus safety and spiritual life.
“Dean White has an energy and excitement while working with students that goes unmatched,” said Christian Hoch ’20. “Being the SGA President, I am so thankful that I have been able to work closely with her over the past four years on projects that have made a difference to Hood students. She has always had my back and supported me since I began attending Hood. She has taught me to always have a positive outlook on life despite the situation. No matter what, everything gets better, and every day is a gift. I cherished working with Dean White, and I wish her the best in all her future endeavors. She brightens everyone’s day, and she worked hard to make sure all students were supported. She will truly be missed here at Hood.”