About Kenneth White, PhD, AGACNP, ACHPN, FACHE, FAAN

Dr. Kenneth White serves as Dean and Professor of the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and as Associate Chief Nurse of Academic Affairs at Massachusetts General Hospital. Prior to joining the IHP, Dr. White served as the Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships in the School of Nursing and the Endowed UVA Medical Center Professor of Nursing at the University of Virginia.  Previous to his time at UVA, Dr. White was the Sentara Professor of Health Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.  At VCU, he led the graduate programs in health administration for 20 years. Dr. White is a prolific author with more than 100 manuscripts, 7 books, 15 book chapters, and has received numerous honors and awards for his leadership as a healthcare executive and as a nurse leader.  He authors the award-winning book, The Well-Managed Healthcare Organization, now in its 9th edition.

Earlier in his career, Dr. White was an executive with the Mercy Health System, an international provider of health care, where he led the civilian hospital on Guam and served in various administrative roles with Mercy Health Center in Oklahoma City.

Dr. White is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Nursing and the American College of Healthcare Executives. In October 2021, Dr. White began a two-year term as the President of the American Academy of Nursing.


In addition to his academic career, Dr. White is a certified acute care nurse practitioner, holding a specialty certification in hospice and palliative care.