Dr. Thomas White became the 10th president of Cedarville University on July 1, 2013. Serving in a variety of leadership roles and responsibilities, White has more than a decade of administrative, teaching, and research experience and combines strong leadership with a pastoral heart for ministry while standing for biblical truth. As the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, White grew up with a firm spiritual foundation and was saved in September 1993.
While White attended a Christian university, he also opened four karate schools and began to fight competitively, having been involved in the sport through high school. Still pursuing a call to ministry, White used his karate schools as his mission field, seeing students come to Christ and watching them go into ministry. From June 2006 to June 2013, he served as Vice President for Student Services and Communications at Southwestern Biblical Theological Seminary. During his tenure, White enjoyed the challenge of identifying problems, evaluating people, finding the right solution to move forward while minimizing harm, and casting a clear vision while building a successful team.
White also served as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Southwestern Seminary. In his faculty role, he taught in the Oxford University study program and was a visiting professor at Word of Life Bible Institute in New York. He has been active in research, writing, and contributing to the academy. He is married to Joy Martin White and together they have two children, Rachel and Samuel.