Duke’s White among top NCAA administrators
Duke’s Kevin White was honored Monday as one of the top administrators in Division I athletics.
White is one of four athletic directors from NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision schools named as Under Armour AD of the Year Award winners, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics announced Monday.
White joins Jeff Compher, formerly of Northern Illinois but now at East Carolina, John Currie of Kansas State and Jeff Long of Arkansas as FBS winners.
The 28 honorees covering seven divisions (NCAA FBS, FCS; Division I-AAA, II, III, NAIA/Other Four-Year Institutions and Junior College/Community Colleges) will receive their awards during the James J. Corbett Awards Luncheon on Saturday at the NACDA’s 48th Convention at the World Center Marriott Resort in Orlando.
White, Duke’s athletics director since 2008, oversees an department that continues to excel in athletics and academics. At the same time, White is busy with fundraising endeavors that will improve Duke’s facilities.
Duke has won four NCAA championships during White’s tenure, including women’s tennis (2009), men’s basketball (2010) and men’s lacrosse (2010, 2013). The Blue Devils are eighth in this year’s Learfield Sports Director’s Cup standings, which rates schools in an all-sports competition.
In the classroom, Duke teams continue to perform under White’s watch. During the 2013 spring semester, 25 of the 26 Blue Devil varsity teams earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better. In 2012, Duke posted a 97 percent Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and 14 teams achieved 100 percent GSR.
When the NCAA announced its Public Recognition Awards a week ago, an ACC-best 15 teams from Duke were honored for having APRs in the top 10 percent nationally.
Under White, Duke has continued its focus on outreach to the local community. Modeling the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program’s commitment to service, learning project and outreach, approximately 500 Duke student-athletes across all sports participated in a combined effort of more than 2,000 community service hours.
White also has helped spearhead fundraising for the campus-wide Duke Forward campaign, which includes a $250 million athletic component. Wallace Wade Stadium and Cameron Indoor Stadium will receive upgrades while a new track-specific facility will be constructed.
This past week, construction began on new soccer and a lacrosse practice fields as well as intramural fields.
During White’s five years at Duke, several facility projects were recently completed, impacting many of the school’s 26 varsity sports, including Pascal Field House, the reconstruction of Williams Field, renovations to the golf course and major upgrades to the soccer practice fields.
White also has taught graduate-level classes since 1982 and currently teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of the MBA program.