Brent White to lead UA Global engagement

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 12:00 am

Tucson, Ariz. (November 29, 2018)Brent White, an internationally known legal scholar and international education expert, has been named vice provost of UA Global. In this role, White will guide the University of Arizona’s comprehensive international vision.

“Global engagement is one of five pillars of the strategic plan for the UA, and Brent is the ideal person to lead the UA’s global effort,” said Jeff Goldberg, acting senior vice president for academic affairs and provost. “Our global engagement drives our opportunities to partner with international universities, collaborate across borders to solve global problems, and expand student access to transnational experiences and education. Brent’s expertise in these areas will be invaluable to the success of UA Global.”

White has served as interim vice provost since July 2018, when UA Global was created by combining the offices of international education and global initiatives into one unit. White also led a team that developed the first UA microcampus at Ocean University of China in Qingdao, which has become the model for the larger UA initiative to create a network of microcampuses around the globe. He will continue to lead this initiative as dean of global campuses and international education.

“Global presence, connectivity and collaboration are vital to the success of a great research university, and UA Global will provide the framework for the UA to set the standard for a global university in the digital age,” White said. “This includes building the world’s most affordable, accessible and expansive global network for higher education and collaborative research.”

He will coordinate ongoing efforts to implement the UA’s strategic vision, including making the UA a top 20 destination for international students, a top 10 national university for students who study abroad, and a world leader in confronting global challenges. White will also lead the creation of the UA Global Center, which will serve as one-stop shop for services for international students, faculty and scholars, and will be the hub for international activities on campus.

White previously served as vice provost for international education for the UA, as well as associate dean for programs and global initiatives at the UA James E. Rogers College of Law. He headed up a team that established the advanced J.D. program for international lawyers and developed the nation’s first Bachelor of Arts in law, a program offered in collaboration with the UA School of Government and Public Policy that now how has more than 1,000 students throughout the U.S., China and Cambodia.

White is a scholar of property and law, and development in Asia and the U.S. His work has been featured in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, and on NPR and 60 Minutes.

Prior to his career in academia, White served as legal director of the ACLU of Hawaii, and was an international litigation associate at Crowell & Moring in Washington, D.C., and a public defender in Nashville, Tennessee.

White has studied or worked for extended periods in six countries, including Japan, China, Mongolia, Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia.