Biography - Maj Gen(Ret) Jerry White


Maj Gen(Ret) Jerry White

Dr. Jerry White is President Emeritus and Board Chair Emeritus of The Navigators, an international Christian organization with over 4,000 staff assigned in 105 countries, working with college students, military personnel, business and professional people and churches.

General White was born in Iowa and raised in Spokane, Washington.  He attended the University of Washington and received a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1959.  In 1964, he received a Masters Degree in Astronautics from The Air Force Institute of Technology.  He earned his Ph.D. in Astronautics from Purdue University in 1970.

Following graduation from the University of Washington, General White received a commission in the U.S. Air Force.  During his 13-½ years of active duty, he served in many capacities, including an assignment as a mission controller at Cape Kennedy during the height of the American space program.  He also was an associate professor of astronautics at the Air Force Academy in Colorado for six years and co-authored a nationally recognized textbook, The Fundamentals of AstrodynamicsGeneral White resigned from active service in 1973, and then spent 24 years in the Air Force Reserves in a number of assignments, retiring July 1, 1997 as a major general.  From 1992-1995 he served on the congressionally mandated Reserve Forces Policy Board.  He served the Air Force Association on its Board and Executive Committee.  In his last Reserve assignment, he served as mobilization assistant to the commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.  Previously he served as mobilization assistant to the commanders of Electronic Systems Center and Aeronautical Systems Center.  He also had assignments with what are now AF Space Command and the National Security Agency.

He is a registered professional engineer, a member of the Tau Beta Pi Honorary Engineering Society and an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.  In 1991 and 1993-95, he served as chairman of the Colorado Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee.  He is Vice Chairman, Aerospace Education, of the Board of the Air Force Association.   He is also on the board of trustees of Arnold Air Society/Silver Wings

Jerry and his wife, Mary, have written thirteen books on practical topics such as work, ethics, and parenting adult children.    Dr. White has authored Honesty, Morality and Conscience (1996, NavPress), The Joseph Road (2009), Rules to Live By (2010), Unfinished (2013) and To Be a Friend (2014).

In addition to his work with The Navigators, Dr. White is a nationally competitive handball player, a licensed commercial pilot, and an active member of his local church, having served on the church board.  He is married to the former Mary Ann Knutson.  They have four children, 11 grandchildren, and live in Colorado Springs, Colorado.




(Current as of Mar 2017)