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Kansas Athletics Official Ryan White Tapped to Lead Razorback Foundation

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The Razorback Foundation, the nonprofit fundraising arm of the University of Arkansas’ athletic department, named Ryan White as the organization’s next executive director on Tuesday.

White joins the Razorback Foundation from the University of Kansas, where was senior associate athletics director for development.

White officially takes over on July 10. He follows Scott Varady, who stepped down as head of the Razorback Foundation in April to become the U of A’s vice chancellor for university advancement. Varady had held the role since December 2015. Billye Veteto, the CFO of the nonprofit, has been serving as interim executive director.

In White’s previous role at the University of Kansas, he was responsible for leading all major philanthropic fundraising efforts for the athletics department. He was also instrumental in helping to rebrand the Williams Fund to Kansas Athletics Development and implemented a new philanthropic giving society called Ad Astra, according to a news release from the U of A.

“Based off his experience and expertise, we are confident we chose the right candidate and look forward to having Ryan lead the Razorback Foundation,” said Kevin Scanlon, Razorback Foundation board member.

White has spent his entire career in collegiate athletics, with roles in North Carolina State University’s Wolfpack Club, University of Virginia’s Virginia Athletics Foundation and at Ohio University’s Ohio Bobcat Club.

At the University of Virginia, White worked alongside U of A Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek, who was an associate athletics director at the school from 2004-2006. Yurachek said White impressed him with his fundraising abilities then, and he looks forward to working with him again.

“He understands what it takes to be successful at a major program and I’m confident in his abilities to provide valuable support to our organization,” Yurachek said.

White is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s in communications from North Carolina State University and a master’s in sport administration from Ohio University.

“I am truly humbled and grateful for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead the Razorback Foundation,” White said in the release. “I want to personally thank Kevin Scanlon, Angela Ryan, JJ Hurley and the rest of the search committee for entrusting me with this role during such a critical time in college athletics.

“I look forward to serving our passionate supporters, Razorback Nation and the great state of Arkansas. There isn’t a better time to be a Razorback and know our best days are ahead!”

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