DURHAM, N.C. - On Wednesday, March 15, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White was one of five individuals inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame, hosted by Irish America magazine.
White was joined by Nobel laureate Dr. William C. Campbell; Michael Dowling, CEO of Northwell Health and grand marshal of the 2017 NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade; Sister Teresa Fitzgerald, founder of the nonprofit Hour Children which helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated mothers and their children; and labor leader Terry O’Sullivan, general president of the Laborers’ International Union of North America.
Founded in 2010 in celebration of Irish America magazine’s 25th anniversary, the Irish America Hall of Fame honors the extraordinary achievements of Irish-American leaders, from their significant accomplishments and contributions to American society to the personal commitment to safeguarding their Irish heritage and the betterment of Ireland.
White was named to his current position at Duke on May 31, 2008. Since taking over in Durham, Duke has won seven 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 17 ACC titles.
In 2013, White was named one of four NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision recipients of the Under Armour AD of the Year Award presented by National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics. A testament to the respect he has garnered within college athletics, White earned multiple high profile awards in 2014-15, including the National Football Foundation’s John L. Toner award, Sports Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year award, Bobby Dodd AD of the Year and the 2015 Carl Maddox Sports Management Award.
White, who is second-generation Irish American with roots in Dungloe, Co. Donegal, and his wife, Jane, a former college track and field coach, have five children and 12 grandchildren.