Chris Kennedy was promoted to Senior Deputy Director of Athletics on July 1, 2013, and has been a part of the Duke Athletics staff since 1977.
His other capacities within the department of athletics have included academics coordinator and compliance coordinator. He became the senior associate director of athletics in 1997 and in the summer of 2008 served as interim Director of Athletics. He oversees Compliance, Academic Support, and External Relations, which includes Sports Information, Ticketing, Marketing, Promotions, Digital Media, and the Blue Devil Network. He is also the departmental Title IX coordinator. Kennedy, a native of Hillsborough, Calif., is a 1971 graduate of Georgetown University.
Under Kennedy’s oversight, Duke has won the College Academic Achievement Award a record 12 times, including five consecutive years from 1993-97, for the graduation rate of its football student-athletes. Kennedy has been presented five times with a special citation from the CFA for his excellence in academic advising. Additionally, Duke consistently ranks among the nation’s best in overall graduation rates of its student-athletes. In compliance, Kennedy has overseen the growth of a department that now includes four full-time positions, one of which holds a law degree.
A 1971 graduate of Georgetown, Kennedy is a Peer Reviewer for the NCAA Certification Committee and served as Duke’s athletics department liaison as it went through the process twice in the past 10 years.
Kennedy earned his master’s degree from Georgetown in 1974 and his Ph.D. from Duke in 1979. He still serves as an adjunct assistant professor of English at Duke and also teaches in the Kenan Institute of Ethics. He is the author of Battlefield Surgeon: Life and Death on the Front Lines of World War II (University Press of Kentucky, spring, 2016), an account of battlefield surgery in World War II, based on his father’s experiences. He and his wife, the late Ana Beamud, have two children – Joe, a 2005 graduate of Duke and former captain of the school’s men’s lacrosse team, and Marion, a 2009 Duke graduate.