Dr. David R. White is entering his second season assisting with the Francis Marion University men's and women's cross country programs.
He is chairman of the FMU Department of Political Science and Geography., and is a professor of political science.
Dr. White earned his B.A. degree from Bucknell University and both his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Arizona.
He has taught a variety of American politics classes at FMU, including courses on the U.S. Congress, the American presidency, state and local government, Southern politics, contemporary political issues, and the politics of sports. He coordinates the university’s political science and criminal justice programs, as well as the department’s internships. He also serves as the university’s pre-law advisor. His research interests are the U.S. Senate and presidential trip preparations, also known as presidential advance. After college, Dr. White worked in Washington, D.C., for nearly six years. His first two jobs were with a major political party, first in the fundraising office, and then in the chairman’s office. He then served as a trip coordinator in the advance office of a presidential campaign, before working in the press office of a U.S. senator.
Dr. White grew up in Cooperstown, N.Y., and is an avid runner.