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 is a Democrat from Ann Arbor. She received her B.S.E. degree in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University, a J.D. degree from the University of Washington, a LL.M. degree from the George Washington University Law School, and a Master’s degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College.  From 1995–1996, she was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader, Circuit Judge (ret.), 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 was also appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Plant Variety Protection Office Advisory Board serving from 2004-2008, 2010-2012, and 2015-2017.  In 2015, she became a member of the Old National Bancorp Corporate Board of Directors. She is currently a Professor of Law at the Wayne State University Law School in Detroit.

She is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army currently serving in the Michigan Army National Guard as the Command Judge Advocate for the 46th Military Police Command in Lansing, MI.   In her previous two military assignments, she was in the U.S. Army Reserve serving as an Instructor of Law at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY, and as the reserve Associate Dean of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School.  On active duty, she was in the Chief Counsel of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Honors Program serving as the Intellectual Property Counsel for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  In addition, she is a Fulbright Senior Scholar (Germany), 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.