Bio (Vern White)

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Vern White

Vern White


Associate Faculty


Leadership Studies


Dr. Vern White’s Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management research focused on restorative justice and its positive impact on the justice system. White’s Doctorate of Police Leadership research focused on the psychological contract and relational theory within leadership and creating change. He has also conducted research on addiction and its impact on communities and the potential solutions that can be found outside of typical justice systems, including the Support, Treatment, Education and Prevention program.


White served nearly 32 years as a police officer with 24 years in the RCMP including the role of Assistant Commissioner, two years as Police Chief with the Durham Regional Police and five years as Police Chief with the Ottawa Police Service. He has worked with many universities and is presently an adjunct professor at Charles Sturt University and an international fellow with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.


White holds a Diploma in Business Administration from the College of Cape Breton (1979), a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Psychology from Acadian University (1996), a Master of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University (2001) and a Doctorate of Police Leadership from the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University (2013). White is also a graduate of the RCMP Policing Academy and the FBI Executive Institute.