Armed with an education degree and a 4.0 GPA, Denise Cunningham left Union College to begin her calling as an educator in Florida in 1974. Now better known as Dr. Denise White, that girl never imagined she would conclude her career with an office in the new building emerging from a construction site at the center of campus that summer.
Following a year in Florida, White found her home on the West Coast. She taught and lead in Adventist schools throughout California for thirty years at both the elementary and secondary levels. During this period, she met her husband, Floyd, and completed both her master’s and doctorate at La Sierra University. Prior to returning to her alma mater, White spent six years as associate superintendent of education for the Washington Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.
White has been indispensable to the Division of Human Development since beginning her leadership at Union College in 2011. In addition to chairing the division, she has been director of the education program and education certification process while also serving as the principal for George Stone Elementary School. Throughout her years at Union, she has been instrumental in maintaining accreditation and holding her colleagues and students to the same high standards she sets for herself.