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April Burns, left, visits with students about 4-H at Olton Ag Day last fall.

David White named 4-H Youth Development Foundation executive director

White credited for having a wealth of experience in administration and building partnerships.

David White is the new executive director for the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of Texas 4-H, the state’s largest youth development program, which is overseen by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

“The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation works with businesses, organizations, individuals and families who share a common desire to support this statewide effort with a proven track record of helping develop future leaders,” said Dr. Courtney Dodd, assistant director of 4-H Youth Development and Texas 4-H program leader, College Station.

Dodd also noted the Texas 4-H program serves more than a half a million young people throughout Texas, and the foundation promotes and supports youth development in leadership, vocational skills, critical thinking, social skills and citizenship.

White, an accomplished executive with national and international experience in fundraising, association management and convention planning, began May 6. He is located at the Texas 4-H headquarters on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.

Along with a master’s degree in public administration from Texas A&M, White received his certified association executive designation in 1997 from the American Society of Association Executives.

“We are excited to have David join us as executive director,” said Bill Poteet, president of the Texas 4-H Foundation Board of Directors. “He has a wealth of experience in administration and in building alliances and partnerships, plus he has an excellent track record for raising funds. He was the best choice for the position and comes highly recommended. We’re hoping he’ll be with us for a long time.”

White said it is an honor to serve with the foundation and to be able to touch the lives of so many outstanding young people in Texas.

“Our mission to support our Texas 4-H programs gives us the opportunity to make a difference for our next generation,” he added. “The 4-H motto of ‘Making the Best Better’ exemplifies what we are all about, and I look forward to serving our youth and our 4-H family.”

White was formerly executive director and CEO of Texas Psychological Association, where he provided leadership to the association, its foundation and political action committee. He led the development of a strategic plan that included major fundraising initiatives and established an ongoing fundraising matrix for each organization based on member demographics, organizational activity and method of giving.

He also developed new student scholarships and grants and introduced new fundraising programs to promote the foundation’s grants and scholarships. In conjunction with the foundation board, he developed a legacy program that led to commitments of over $200,000 the first year.

White also provided executive leadership in the coordination of over 20 committees and task forces consisting of more than 650 volunteers. His efforts resulted in increased sponsorships, alliances and partnerships, and the national and international certification program he started resulted in association partnerships worldwide.

Before joining Texas Psychological Association, White was executive director of the Bexar County Medical Society, where he provided leadership to more than 2,000 members. Prior to becoming executive director, he served as assistant executive director and chief operating officer.

White’s volunteer efforts include service as chairman of the City of Lago Vista Parks and Recreation Board; chairman of the Council of Executive of Provisional and State Psychological Associations; vice-chairman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Committee; and vice president of the Texas Society of Association Executives. He also serves as a board member for the American Psychological Association Practice Organization Board.

He is a member of or affiliated with the Texas Society of Association Executives, American Society of Association Executives, Texas Association of State Officials and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

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