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Thomas White Sr Professorial Lecturer Department of Management

MBA in Marketing from the Kogod School of Business, American University (1995)

BA in Economics and History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1986)

Favorite Spot on Campus
AUCI Incubator - Where Innovation Happens!
Professor White is a Professorial Lecturer (formerly Executive-in-Residence) at the Kogod School of Business at American University where he teaches undergraduate courses on introduction to business and entrepreneurship business planning, revenue/financial forecast modeling and start-up launch.

Professor White serves as the Director for the American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) with strategic and operational leadership in three areas: applied research, experiential learning/curriculum (entrepreneurship specializations & minors) and the AUCI Entrepreneurship Incubator ( In the Incubator, he works with 20 - 30 student startup ventures each year on building viable business models. Since its founding, the AUCI has worked with over 70 ventures including 120 AU founder/co-founders and 500 additional students with venture revenues of $4.2 million and funds raised of $2.0 million.

He also serves as the Director of AU/Kogod's student teams (both graduate and undergraduate) participation in the annual Venture Capital Investment Competition ( that involves 80 of the top business schools across the globe. 25 - 30 AU/Kogod students participate each year.

Professor White has been presented the following awards at Kogod:

American University Outstanding Teaching Award (2020)
Kogod Undergraduate Professor of the Year (2016 & 2018)
Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching (2017, 2018, & 2020)
Kogod Faculty Award for Outstanding Service (2015, 2016, 2018, & 2019)
Kogod Dean's Special Award "Moving the Dial" (2015)
Ann S. Ferren Curriculum Design Award (2015- joint award)

Professor White is a Co-Founder and former CEO and Director of the Institute for Public-Private Partnerships (IP3), an innovative and industry leading company that provides advisory services and accredited training to key government and private sector officials from emerging market countries on economic growth and public-private partnership strategies. Founded in 1994, IP3 was acquired in 2008 by Tetra Tech, Inc. a $2.0 billion infrastructure services firm. He remained as CEO of the IP3 subsidiary under Tetra Tech until 2010 and served as Director until early 2013. He joined the Kogod School of Business in the fall of 2013.

Professor White is an active early stage angel investor in the mid-Atlantic region. He provides advice to start-up companies and screens business plans of companies seeking early stage financing in the $200,000 - $1,000,000 range.

He also serves as a business mentor/coach to companies in the 1776 Incubator, the Score 3 Angel Group (minority & women entrepreneurs), and the Vinetta Project (women entrepreneurs) where he works with over 30 startup companies annually.

Professor White previously served as a Board Member and Treasurer to Together-We-Bake, Inc. a non-profit providing life education and baking skills training to women recently released from prison.
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Spring 2021

  • KSB-100 Business 1.0

  • MGMT-383 Entrepreneurship Business Plan

Fall 2021

  • KSB-100 Business 1.0

  • MGMT-483 Entrepreneurship Business Plan

  • MGMT-496 Selected Topics:Non-Recurring: Structrng Venture Capital Proc