University of Central Florida Vice President and Director of Athletics Danny White signed a contract amendment that will keep White “in his current position for the foreseeable future,” said UCF.
“I hired Danny two years ago because he understood that success starts with winning with integrity and student-athletes thriving in the classroom, and because he had a strong history of hiring successful coaches,” said UCF President John C. Hitt.“Danny has exceeded my expectations in all of those areas while also leading athletics to its best year of philanthropy ever. Along with our fans and student-athletes, I look forward to seeing what Danny and his talented colleagues will achieve this year.”
“Danny has exceeded my expectations in all of those areas while also leading athletics to its best year of philanthropy ever. Along with our fans and student-athletes, I look forward to seeing what Danny and his talented colleagues will achieve this year.”
White took over as Director of Athletics after Todd Stansbury stepped down in 2015 to accept the same job at Oregon State, a previous employer.
Between White’s hiring in December 2015 and now, the UCF Athletics department has embarked on multi-million dollar projects and milestones that have brought the university to new heights.
“I’m honored to lead such a great athletic department and I look forward to doing so into the future,” White said.“We are committed to building a Top 25 intercollegiate athletics department at UCF. To be sure, I remain grateful to President Hitt for entrusting me with the leadership of this department. We couldn’t be more proud of what our amazing student-athletes, coaches,
UCF’s postseason appearances have reached an all-time high with 11 out of 16 teams making it beyond the regular season.
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White has overseen transformational fund-raising success at UCF as well. During White’s tenure, UCF Athletics was the beneficiary of the largest cash pledge ever committed to the university by an individual alumnus and has seen more than $13 million committed toward UCF Athletics’ $25 million athletics village vision. Kenneth G. Dixon committed more than $5 million to establish the Kenneth G. Dixon Athletics Village. Tony and Sonja Nicholson recently donated $2 million to support the Athletics Village vision. John Euliano committed $1.5 million toward the renovation of the UCF Baseball Complex that will become John Euliano Park. Bob Garvy committed $1 million to establish the Garvy Center for Student-Athlete Nutrition.
UCF Athletics has recorded numerous other accomplishments during White’s tenure. He led the charge to complete The Knights’ Charge – UCF Athletics’ strategic plan. He was also behind many game-day experience improvements including new video boards and ribbon boards at both Spectrum Stadium and CFE Arena and the activation on IOA Plaza at home football games such as the Tailgate Concert Series and Knight Walk. Behind the scenes, White was responsible for the introduction of the Rise and Conquer Initiative, which will help UCF Athletics enhance funding for athletic scholarships and grow its operating budget through ticket sales, annual giving and corporate revenue. He also oversaw UCF Athletics transition to bringing its multimedia rights in house, creating an opportunity for enhanced revenue for the department.
Photo: UCF Athletics Communications.