Fordham Law

Fordham Law Graduate Named American Bar Association Executive Director

August 08, 2006

Fordham Law School alumnus Henry F. White Jr. '76 has been appointed Executive Director of the American Bar Association.

White, who is currently president of the Institute of International Container Lessors and a member of the Department of Homeland Security's Advisory Committee on Commercial Operations of Customs and Border Protection, will assume Executive Director duties on October 1.

"Hank White brings to the position a unique blend of skills as lawyer, administrator and executive; a demonstrated record of leadership, professionalism and accomplishment; a results-oriented attitude and dedication; and a demonstrated commitment to public service," said Michael S. Greco, ABA President.

White's responsibilities as Executive Director will include leading a staff of more than 900 professional employees, managing operations in the ABA's Chicago headquarters and international program sites, overseeing programs, and working to reach the Association's strategic goals.

Dean William Michael Treanor said he was pleased that one of Fordham Law's alumni was serving in this vital role in the legal community.

"Hank has had an extraordinary career and is a person of remarkable talent, vision, and insight," Treanor said. "We have been truly fortunate to have benefited from his leadership on the Board of the Fordham Law Alumni Association (FLAA) and from his commitment to Fordham.  I am delighted that he will now be serving as Executive Director of the ABA."

On his retirement from the Navy Reserve in 2004, Rear Admiral White was serving as Vice Commander of the U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the Navy's largest operational command with responsibility for the organization, manning, and equipping of all U.S. Naval Forces assigned to combatant commanders worldwide and the direct operation of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and its multi-billion dollar budget for more than 127,000 personnel, 180 ships, 1,200 aircraft, and 37 shore bases.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and of Fordham Law, White has remained very involved with the Law School. White serves as the recording secretary of the FLAA, was the first president of the Fordham Moot Court Board Alumni Association, and has also served on the Law Advisory Committee.

White said he was honored to serve in this important role.

"I look forward to serving as the Executive Director of this great professional association whose work, so important to the legal profession and to our democracy, touches all Americans each and every day," he said.