DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University Deputy Director of Athletics Nina King has been tabbed to the Leaders Under 40 Class of 2018 by Leaders and Aspire Academy.
King was selected from over 400 entries representing 28 countries during a nine-month process. Of the 30 honorees for 2018, only King and Kelvin Smith of the Big 12 Conference received accolades from collegiate sports. King will join 600 world leaders in October at the Natural History Museum in London for the global sports awards for leaders.
“Every year the number, quality and global spread of nominations gets better and better for the Leaders Under 40 Awards in partnership with Aspire Academy,” said James Worrall, Founder & CEO, Leaders. “2018 was no different with hundreds of outstanding individuals driving the industry forward. On behalf of the judges, wider industry, Aspire Academy and the team at Leaders, I’d like to congratulate the Class of 2018 and look forward to celebrating their achievements at the glittering Awards Show at the Natural History Museum during Leaders Week in London.”
A member of the Duke staff since 2008, King 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, is responsible for development of special projects within the department, coordinates strategic planning initiatives, and supervises the creation and execution of all department contracts while serving as the liaison to the University Senior Administration, Board of Trustees and Legal Counsel Office. King also just started a three-year stint on the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball committee.
Only five months ago, King was also 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.
King also has oversight of Recreation and Physical Education and sport oversight for football, women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field. On campus, she works with the Healthy Campus Steering Committee, Women’s Weekend Planning Committee, Women’s Impact Network and co-teaches at the Fuqua School of Business with Vice President and Director of Athletics, Kevin White. King 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.
A native of Tampa, Fla., and 2000 graduate of Notre Dame, King went on to earn a juris doctor degree and sports law certificate from Tulane Law School in 2005. She is a member of Women Leaders in College Athletics, Sports Lawyers Association, University of Notre Dame National Monogram Club and Florida Bar Association while serving on the Arizona State University College of Law “Sports Law and Business Program Advisory Board.”
The Leaders Under 40 Awards, together with Aspire Academy has been identifying, recognizing and celebrating the exceptionally talented individuals in the industry for 4 years. Previous recipients of this award include the likes of Will Dean, Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder, Tough Mudder; Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer, Manchester City FC; Melissa Proctor, Chief Marketing Officer, Atlanta Hawks; Vinai Venkatesham, Chief Commercial Officer, Arsenal FC; Chris Klein, President, LA Galaxy; Katherine Johnson, Vice President and Head of Global Sponsorship Marketing, VISA; Hicham El Amrani, Secretary General, Confederations Cup African Football.