John D. White of Houston is a fifth generation Texas rancher and second generation Aggie. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law. While at Texas A&M, Mr. White was a Distinguished Military Student, a member of the Ross Volunteers and commander of the First Wing, Corps of Cadets. He earned his juris doctor from the University of Texas and began his career in the U.S. Air Force as Judge-Advocate.
Mr. White is a Principal in The Southern Funds Group, LLC. After 25 years in the private practice of law, in Houston, he co-founded and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Standard Renewable Energy Group, LLC. He previously served as the Managing Director of The Wind Alliance, a public, private, University consortium. He is a fellow of the American, Texas and Houston Bar foundations, and a member of the State Bar of Texas. He is a Board member of the Houston Technology Center, The Greater Houston Partnership, The Association for Community Broadcasting and Chairman of the Board of the Ed Rachal Foundation and past president of the Texas Aggie Bar Association. He is also a past member of the Texas A&M Vision 2020 Project Faculty Committee and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo International Committee.
Mr. White was appointed to the Board of Regents by Governor Rick Perry in 2003 and served until 2009. He was reappointed in January 2011. He served as Chairman of the Board from 2005-2007 and Vice Chairman of the Board from 2007-2009. He currently serves as a member of the Committee on Finance, the Committee on Academic and Student Affairs, the Policy Review Committee and the Board for Lease of University Lands. He also serves as special liaison to A&M System Research and the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and A&M System Military Training Programs. He has served as chair of the Committee on Audit. His term expires February 1, 2015.