Like Dance, White improperly reported income — but she has not been charged with a crime. She has admitted she failed to report about $12,000 in consulting income — mostly from the Education Research & Development Institute, a company that represents education technology companies — from 2012 to 2016 in her previous role as the school system's chief academic officer under Dance.
White was voted to be the permanent superintendent despite ethical lapses and concerns that she was too closely linked to Dance.
She has had many active supporters who urged the school board to give her the job on a permanent basis, including County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
White attended Woodmoor Elementary School, Woodlawn Middle School and graduated from Woodlawn High School. She graduated from Towson University in 1992, then became a teacher and later a school principal.
White has been the interim superintendent for the past nine months, during which the school board’s ethics panel determined she had previously violated ethics rules as a schools employee. The eight-to-four vote came after fierce debate by a deeply divided school board.
"Ms. White is a steady, calm and strong advocate. I am honored to lead a school under her leadership," Hope Baier, principal of Fort Garrison Elementary School, said previously. She was among 11 principals, two elected officials, a community association leader and others who signed up to speak on White's behalf before the school board last year.
A number of former administrators and principals who worked closely with White say her quiet, understated style contrasts starkly with that of Dance, a charismatic leader who critics charged jumped into change too quickly.
She holds a master's degree in leadership in teaching from Notre Dame of Maryland University and is currently a doctoral candidate at Morgan State University.