Mark White, senior engineering consultant for Zurich Insurance, has been named the new director of risk management for the district effective immediately. He replaces Karen Almon who left the district in September. Mr. White, who is relocating from Lee’s Summit, Mo., served as the primary evaluator of claims for commercial accounts specifically working in the areas of property, liability and workers’ compensation. “Mr. White brings to our district varied experiences and expertise from his work within both the public school system and the private sector,” said Dr. Robert Stewart, assistant superintendent of human resources. “We look forward to the added value he will bring to our Insurance and Risk Management Department.” Mr. White started his career as the Environmental Risk, Safety and Security Manager for the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District in Missouri, located in the southeast portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area. For 12 years, he supervised all safety and health claims for the district including construction projects, safety and emergency operations.
In 2013, he joined Birdville ISD as the Risk Manager for the district. His duties included overseeing commercial insurance, employee benefits, unemployment benefits and staff members who were absent under the Family Medical Leave Act. Mr. White joined CypressFairbanks ISD, in the Houston area, as the district’s Insurance Manager supervising workers’ compensation claims, employee benefits and construction contracts. Mr. White holds certifications as a Registered Safety Profession that include specific emphasis as a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, Certified Indoor Environmentalist and a Certified School Risk Manager from the National Alliance of Insurance Research and Education. “Its great to be a part of an organization that is mission driven, and focused on educating young people,” said Mr. White. “School people are the best people and I am thrilled to join such a dynamic team in a community with such a rich history.” Mr. White graduated with his bachelor’s degree in social work and master’s degree in Industrial Safety from The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.