Nina King joined Duke Athletics in September 2008 and serves as the department's Deputy Director of Athletics for Administration/Legal Affairs and Chief of Staff.
In this capacity, she facilitates daily operation/oversight of the department, has oversight responsibilities for the Human Resource operation, the Recreation and Physical Education program, and all legal matters, including the development and execution of department contracts while serving as the liaison to the University Legal Counsel Office. She leads the senior staff/sport administrator group which is responsible for administration of Duke’s 27 varsity sports. In addition, she assists with oversight and planning for special projects within the department, coordinates strategic planning initiatives and is the primary contact between Duke Athletics and the university administration, including the Board of Trustees, President’s office, and senior administration. She has sport oversight for women’s basketball and football.
In addition, King co-teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of Duke’s MBA program alongside Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White. She also championed the creation and launch of the Rubenstein-Bing ACE program, a collaboration between Stanford and Duke for global civic engagement for student-athletes from both athletic departments.
In February of 2018, King was named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2018. The annual list honors 40 executives for excellence and innovation in their respective careers, all before the age of 40. She was also recently tabbed to the Leaders Under 40 Class of 2018, honoring sports business executives from around the world.
King is currently serving a three-year term on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee. The 10-person group is charged with, among many duties, the selection, seeding, and bracketing for the annual NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. King also serves on several ACC Committees and Duke University Committees and was previously a member of the NCAA Committee on Institutional Performance.
King received her bachelor’s degree in accountancy from the University of Notre Dame where she participated as a student manager and eventually as the head manager for the women's swimming and diving program, and her juris doctor degree from Tulane Law School. She has served internships in the Notre Dame Athletics Department, NCAA and Nike, Inc.
Prior to joining Duke University, King served as the Director of Rules Education in the Notre Dame Athletics Department from 2005-08.
She is a member of Women Leaders in College Sports, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and the Florida Bar Association, and serves on the Arizona State University College of Law Sports Law and Business Program Advisory Board.
King and her husband, Rick, reside in Durham and are the parents of Connor Stephan and Austin Casey.
Behind the Scenes: Second in Command--The Deputy Athletic Director
They oversee all daily operations of the department, but more importantly, Deputy ADs are empowered to make decisions across the whole organization and keep things moving when the athletic director is somewhere else. These future ADs will discuss the challenges and opportunities that come with being the AD’s right hand; and how their role prepares them.