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White, Duke Secure Contract Extension
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Release: 08/06/2014
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead announced Wednesday the school and Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White have agreed to a contract extension through June 30, 2021.  

“Duke is fortunate to have an athletic director of the caliber of Kevin White,” said Brodhead.  “Kevin’s national leadership role in college athletics has earned him widespread respect and admiration.  At Duke, we appreciate Kevin’s deep understanding of Duke’s values, his vision for collegiate athletics, and his commitment to building excellence in our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom.”  

White, 63, joined the Duke family after leading Notre Dame’s athletics program to success both on the playing fields and in the classroom from 2000-08. He also has held 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.

In 2013, White was named one of four NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision recipients of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award presented by NACDA.  In 2014, White earned multiple awards, including the National Football Foundation’s John L. Toner award and the Sport Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year award.  

"It is an absolute honor to continue my career at Duke University,” said White.  “Certainly, this is a rare institution that represents the very best of both academics and athletics.  The unwavering support and trust of the University leadership, specifically Dr. Brodhead and the Board of Trustees, are overwhelmingly appreciated by our family, coaches, and staff.  Even through times of constant change in college athletics, we are completely committed to the uncompromising excellence that defines Duke University.  Simply put, Jane and I are both humbled and thrilled to continue our Duke journey for many more years.”

Since White’s arrival, Duke has captured six NCAA Championships – women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010, men’s lacrosse in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and women’s golf in 2014 – and 17 ACC titles. On the strength of 20 teams participating in NCAA Championship competition and robust finishes in several sports, Duke ranked ninth in the 2014 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which determine an institution’s all-around strength in intercollegiate athletics. The ninth-place showing marked the 11th consecutive year that Duke has ended among the nation’s top 20 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. In White’s six years at Duke, the Blue Devils placed 17th (2009), 10th (2010), fifth (2011), 16th (2012), 12th (2013) and ninth (2014) in the Directors’ Cup standings.

Fifty-six Blue Devil teams ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams during the past six seasons with 10 – men’s basketball (2009, 2010, 2011, 2013), men’s lacrosse (2010, 2013, 2014) and women’s tennis (2009, 2010, 2014) – reaching No. 1. In all, 95 Blue Devil teams advanced to NCAA postseason competition during White’s Duke tenure. Individually, 213 student-athletes earned All-America, 352 All-ACC and 193 All-Region or District honors the past six years. During White’s tenure, Duke boasts 12 NCAA individual champions in Curtis Beach (indoor track and field heptathlon in 2012 and 2014), Juliet Bottorff (outdoor track and field 10k in 2011), Mallory Cecil (women’s tennis in 2009), Abby Johnston (three-meter diving in 2011), Nick McCrory (platform diving in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014), and Becca Ward (women’s fencing, saber in 2009, 2011 and 2012). In 2013-14, Duke celebrated two individual NCAA and 11 individual ACC titles.
Academically, Duke teams continued strong performances under White. In the 2014 spring semester, 25 of 26 Blue Devil varsity teams earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better and more than 86 made the Dean’s List, while 474 Duke student-athletes made the All-ACC Honor Roll (led ACC for the 25th time in the last 26 years).

In two key elements in tracking a department’s academic success, Duke ranked among the nation’s best again. Duke posted a 98% Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and 16 teams achieved a 100% GSR. Also, an ACC-best 15 Blue Devil teams were ranked in the top 10% of their respective sports in the most recent Academic Performance Rate (APR) Report, including the men’s basketball and football teams. In the 2013 report, Duke (989) ranked third among all FBS schools, behind only Northwestern (996) and Boise State (993), and eighth among all Division I – FBS and FCS – programs. In all, Duke totaled the highest APR scores among ACC institutions in 13 of the league’s 25 sports ― men’s basketball (995), football (989), men’s golf (1000), men’s lacrosse (997), men’s soccer (995), men’s swimming and diving (1000), men’s indoor track and field (1000), men’s outdoor track and field (1000), women’s golf (1000), women’s lacrosse (1000), rowing (1000), volleyball (1000) and wrestling (1000).

Four Duke student-athletes were selected as CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, while 35 others received National Scholar-Athlete or Scholar All-America accolades. In White’s six-year tenure, former women’s tennis player Parker Goyer won a Rhodes Scholarship (2009), while track and field student-athletes Sally Liu (2009) and Allie Speidel (2011) earned Marshall Scholarships.


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