Kevin M. White was named Duke University’s vice president and director of athletics on May 31, 2008. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business administration at the university.
White, 68, arrived at Duke after leading Notre Dame’s athletics program for eight years. In addition to previously holding AD positions at Arizona State University, Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College in Iowa, White has served in a number of prominent national leadership roles within intercollegiate athletics, including his service in 2006-07 as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and in 2005-06 as president of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association.
White currently serves as Chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee and as a member of the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Board of Directors. In October of 2017, White was selected to chair the newly formed USOC Collegiate Advisory Council (CAC) to guide and strengthen Olympic sport programming at the collegiate level.
White has earned multiple high-profile awards throughout his career. That impressive list includes the GeneralSports TURF Systems Division I-A Central Region Athletic Director of the Year (2006), the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision Under Armour AD of the Year Award presented by NACDA (one of four recipients in 2013), the National Football Foundation’s John L. Toner award (2015), Sports Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year award (2015), Bobby Dodd AD of the Year (2015) and the Carl Maddox Sports Management Award (2015).
Since White’s arrival, Duke has captured eight NCAA Championships – women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010 and 2015, men’s lacrosse in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and women’s golf in 2014 and 2019 – and 23 ACC titles. On the strength of 16 teams participating in postseason competition, Duke ranked ninth in the 2019 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which determine an institution’s all-around strength in intercollegiate athletics. The ninth place showing marked the 16th consecutive year that Duke has ended among the nation’s top 35 programs. In 2011, Duke placed fifth, matching the school’s best finish in the rankings and its 1171.50 points earned were the most in program history.
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