ARLINGTON, TX – The Arlington ISD Education Foundation has hired Brian A. White to be its new Executive Director. White comes to the Foundation after serving as Senior Major Gifts Officer with the American Red Cross North Texas Region. He is an accomplished leader in nonprofit development and public relations, serving management roles with World Vision, University of North Texas, Uplift Education, The Salvation Army, Gladney Center for Adoption, and Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home.  He began his career as a TV reporter and anchor with television stations in Jackson and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

“Brian has demonstrated the leadership and drive to take our Foundation to new heights,” said Mike Jarrett, President of the Foundation Board.  “His experience in fundraising, relationship-building and public relations makes him an important addition to our leadership team.”

“I am really excited about this tremendous opportunity to serve my hometown,” said White. “As someone who was greatly influenced by a quality public education, I am honored to serve and increase resources for our students and teachers.”

White lives in Arlington and grew up in Hattiesburg, MS. He has a BS in Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is married to the former Lorie Hightower, an Arlington native and alumnae of Arlington High School and UT-Arlington.  Together, they have a blended family of five children: Kendall, 19; Drew, 18; Shaun, 15; Rebecca, 15; and Grace, 11. 

About Arlington ISD Education Foundation

 The Arlington Independent School District Education Foundation was established to promote and support the continuing improvement of educational programs offered by the AISD by supporting programs for which tax funds are not available; providing support for improved educational opportunities for teachers, students and employees; recognizing excellence through teacher awards; and providing a vehicle for contributing directly to the continuance of educational excellence for our children.

 Through its grants, the Foundation currently supports programs throughout the AISD that involve thousands of children in creative learning. These projects impact curriculum improvement, parental support activities, mentoring programs, facilities improvement and unique student activities. In May 2008, the Education Foundation expanded its mission to include a student scholarship program.