Susan White is the executive director for the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina System, as well as North Carolina Sea Grant, and North Carolina Space Grant. All three programs provide targeted research, outreach and education projects to address critical issues in the state and within the region. WRRI, with funding from the U.S. Geological Survey, and Sea Grant, with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, focus on and water resource, coastal and ocean topics for ecosystems and communities. Space Grant’s projects, with funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, include partnerships with the aerospace industry.
In fall 2017, White was named chair of the N.C. Sediment Control Commission by Gov. Roy Cooper. She previously was director of NOAA’s Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C. Formerly the national research coordinator for NOAA’s Estuarine Reserves Division and National Estuarine Research Reserve System, she has served on national and regional steering committees on topics including technology transfer, integrated drought monitoring and early warning, and climate’s connections to health. White earned a doctorate from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree from Duke University.