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Jerry White
  Jerry White, MBA '05

Ross Alumnus and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Named Commencement Speaker

4/20/2005 --

Jerry White of the Landmine Survivor's Network will deliver main address.

ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Jerry White, MBA '05 and executive director of Landmine Survivors Network (LSN), will deliver the main address at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business commencement exercises on Friday, April 29.

LSN, based in Washington, D.C., empowers landmine survivors in Bosnia, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Jordan, Vietnam and other countries to recover from trauma and reclaim their lives. The organization was a leader in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize.

White was a junior at Brown University in 1984 when he was injured by a landmine during a camping trip in Israel. After multiple surgeries and learning to walk with an artificial limb, White devoted himself to humanitarian issues.

After earning a bachelor's degree in Judaic studies and international relations, he worked for the Brookings Institution and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In 1989, he became assistant director at the Wisconsin Project on Nuclear Arms Control—an organization dedicated to inhibiting the spread of nuclear weapons.

In addition to editing and publishing "The Risk Report," an award-winning publication and worldwide database identifying companies helping to produce weapons of mass destruction, White has provided Congressional testimony and commentary to many periodicals and mass media.

The Ross School has strong ties to LSN, helping landmine survivors find employment opportunities. The 2004 International Multidisciplinary Action Project (IMAP) team worked with LSN to economically integrate survivors in Vietnam in conjunction with the organization's broader mission. The Executive Multidisciplinary Action Project (Exec MAP) team worked closely with LSN's Department for Institutional Advancement to develop a five-year, multi-tiered strategic plan to better position LSN to leverage their mission with regard to social investors.

This year's commencement activities include:

Evening MBA brunch in Phelps Lounge: 10:30 a.m.
Executive MBA Ceremony in Hale Auditorium: 1 p.m.
Dean's Reception and Class Gift: 2 p.m
Commencement at Crisler Arena: 6 p.m.

For more information, contact:
Heather Thorne
Phone: (734) 936-8421