The California Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF) has announced the hiring of Dane White as its new director of education (DOE), effective Nov. 1.
White will be responsible for the California Agricultural Leadership Program’s curriculum – in coordination with the four partner university deans – and for delivery of the leadership content presented in the campus and travel seminars. He will work closely with the core faculty from the four campuses, as well as the foundation president and CEO. He will also support other CALF educational programs.
The DOE is responsible for carrying out the mission of the foundation to continue to deliver innovative and transformational leadership content. Through the program’s exceptional curriculum, fellows become lifelong leaders who individually and collectively act as a catalyst for a vibrant agricultural community and make a significant difference in the agricultural industry, their businesses, communities and families.
“As an alumna of the program, I am acutely aware of how important it is that we have a director of education that has a passion for education and leadership, who will be committed to growing leaders who make a difference,” said CALF Board Programs Committee Chair Correen Davis (Class 45). “I look forward to supporting Mr. White as he thoughtfully stewards our program into the future.”
White has a background in empowering leadership, learning design and instructional practice. A former high school agriculture teacher, he developed curricula that are used in more than 200 schools in California. He previously consulted to the California Department of Education and most recently worked for Vivayic, Inc., a learning solutions company. White earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from California State University, Chico.
White is a self-described student of learning philosophy, leadership principles and educational theory who seeks to learn from and leverage unique experiences in order to do good in the world.
“I love nothing more than developing people, and to do so as part of this program is a dream,” said White. “I’m eager to join the team, meet our fellows and alumni, and get immersed in the good work to come!”
Following a comprehensive transition period that ensures program continuity, White will succeed Dr. Peggy Perry (Class 9) and Dr. Robert Flores (Honorary Fellow), who have served as co-interim directors of education since May 2021.
CALF operates the California Agricultural Leadership Program, which is considered to be one of the premier leadership development experiences in the United States. Since it was first delivered in 1970, more than 1,300 agriculturalists have participated in the program and have become influential leaders and active volunteers in agriculture, government, communities, business and education.