Board of Regents of the University of Michigan

Katherine E. White

Katherine E. White
P.O. Box 1842
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1842
Phone: (313) 577-1054


Regent White, a Democrat from Ann Arbor, is chair of the Board of Regents. She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University in 1988, a J.D. degree from the University of Washington in 1991, a LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School in 1996, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2014.  From 1995–1996, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. From 2000–2002, she was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Public Advisory Committee. She is currently a Professor of Law at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

She also serves as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army reserves as an Instructor of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY.  In addition, she is a Fulbright Senior Scholar, a White House Fellow 2001–2002, and a registered patent attorney.

She was elected to the Board of Regents in 1998 and re-elected in 2006 and 2014. Her term expires January 1, 2023.