Patricia Clark-White, Ed.D.

Patricia Clark-White, Ed.D.

Associate Dean, School of Education


P (949) 585-2987

Patricia White

Dr. White has extensive leadership experience in both K12 and Higher Education.  She has served as teacher, school leader and district administrator, with over twenty years of experience as a superintendent in three diverse districts in Southern California.  She has led organizations through complex transformational change, using futures-based planning strategies and vigorous collaboration with stakeholders.   Her experience in leveraging the political environment was turned into a book she co-wrote with colleagues, entitled, The Politically Intelligent Leader. 

Dr. White also has over twenty-five years of higher education experience characterized by innovation in program development, as well as teaching and learning at the highest levels. Her collaborative style with faculty and students is vision driven and emphasizes both support and accountability.  Honored by her colleagues at the state, regional, and local levels, she is currently the Associate Dean for Brandman University, overseeing the doctoral program in organizational leadership and masters and credentials in educational administration.  She is an executive coach, organizational consultant, and frequent presenter and publisher on many significant topics in organizational leadership around the state and nation. 

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Educational Administration
University of Southern California
Ed.D. in Educational Administration
Dissertation: The Relationship of a Model Behavioral Counseling Program to Teacher Perceptions of Children with Problems
California State University at Long Beach
M.A. in Educational Administration
State University of New York, College at Brockport
B.S. in Education
Scholarly Activities
White, Patricia Clark, Harvey, Thomas and Kemper, Lawrence.
The politically intelligent leader: Dealing with the dilemmas of a high stakes educational environment. (2nd edition)
Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield.
Best Practices in Building a New and Innovative Doctoral Program,
Presentation for WSCUC ARC Conference, March 2014.
White, P.  “Building high trust relationships for successful mentoring”. 
In Dominguez, N. & Gandert, Y. (Eds.). Peer reviewed paper for the 5th Annual Mentoring Conference Proceedings: Facilitating Developmental Relationships for Success.
Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico, October 2013.
Professional Experience
Brandman University
Associate Dean, Professor, School of Education
Responsible for the design and implementation of a new and innovative doctoral program  dedicated to leading transformational change.
2010 - present
Irvine Unified School District
Superintendent of Schools
Provided chief executive leadership for a high achieving, award winning district of 25,000 students.
University of LaVerne
Doctoral Faculty in Organizational Leadership
Member of the Curriculum Design Team