|Position:||Senior Associate Athletic Director - External Relations|
Debbie Harmison White is the Senior Associate Athletic Director at Old Dominion University, supervising the entire external relations department. She joined the staff at Old Dominion in 1979 as the Assistant Sports Information Director and was promoted to Sports Information Director the following year, playing a key role in the national exposure that both the men’s and women’s basketball programs enjoyed in the early 1980's. During her tenure as SID, Debbie served on the 1981 and 1982 United States Olympic Sports Festival media staffs, and represented the United States on the media coordination team at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.
After a one-year journalism teaching stint at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1985, Debbie returned to Old Dominion as an Assistant Athletic Director and was promoted to Associate Director in 1995 and Senior Associate in 2003. She was an 11-year member of the NCAA Communications Committee, and served on the NCAA Basketball Marketing Committee and the Creative Content Committee for the new Naismith Basketball Hall
of Fame in Springfield, Mass.. She served as the press moderator at the NCAA Women’s Basketball Final Four for 19 years, was a 16-year member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame honors court, and is a past president of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Tidewater region.
Debbie earned the distinction of being the first full-time woman sportswriter in the state of Virginia, serving on the staff of The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., from 1974-77, covering high school and college football and basketball, women’s sports and sailing. She served as the Sports Information Director at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. from 1977- 79, and was one of only three women SID’s in the nation at that time in an NCAA Division I institution.
A native of Lexington, Va., Debbie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism from West Virginia University and a Master of Arts in education from the College of William and Mary. Debbie and her husband Steve reside in Virginia Beach and are the parents of three children.