Duke’s White signs contract extension through 2019
An athletics career that has taken him from coast-to-coast, with jobs from Maine and Tulane to Arizona State and Notre Dame, finally has landed Kevin White in a place to call home.
The 62-year-old White, Duke’s athletics director since May 31, 2008, has agreed to a contract extension that figures to keep him in Durham for the remainder of his career.
Duke announced Wednesday that White’s new contract runs through June 30, 2019. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
In a statement, White said he and his wife are happy to be part of Duke.
“Jane and I are deeply committed, for the long term, to Duke University,” White said, “to some 680 student-athletes, to an engaged and active student body, to the administration, faculty and staff, to our alumni and friends, and not to mention, one of the truly great coaching staffs in the country, if not in all of sport!”
White’s contract coincides exactly with the contract extension Duke football coach David Cutcliffe signed two weeks ago. Named this season’s ACC coach of year in voting by the media and the league’s coaches, Cutcliffe’s deal also runs through June 30, 2019.
“I’m delighted that Duke University can count on Kevin White’s leadership of our athletics program for years to come,” Duke president Richard Brodhead said in a statement. “Kevin understands the importance of athletics in projecting Duke’s values to the world, and he exemplifies Duke’s commitment to a high level of excellence in athletic competition as well as in academics.”
Since White arrived at Duke from Notre Dame in 2008, the Blue Devils have won three NCAA championships — women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010 and men’s lacrosse in 2010 — and 12 ACC titles.
Duke won three ACC championships this calendar year and the school finished 16th in the Learfield Sports Director’s Cup competition for the 2011-12 school year. The Learfield is an all-sports competition that determines the most successful college athletics program.
During the past four years, six different Duke teams have been ranked No. 1 in the country. The teams include men’s basketball (2009, 2010, 2011), men’s lacrosse (2010) and women’s tennis (2009, 2010).
In the classroom, Duke teams continued strong performances under White. In two consecutive semesters over the 2011-12 school year, 25 of 26 Blue Devil varsity teams earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better.
Duke is in the midst of a $250 million initiative to enhance athletic programs and upgrade facilities. Announced in September, the plan calls for a massive renovation and expansion of Wallace Wade Stadium, the construction of a track-specific stadium, new facilities for Olympic sports athletes and a Cameron Indoor Stadium project that includes a new two-story lobby in addition to private suites and new restrooms and concession areas for all fans.
White, who began his professional athletics career as a high school track and field coach in Florida, also has been the athletic director at Loras College (Iowa), Maine, Tulane, Arizona State and Notre Dame.
“To be sure, it is indeed a tremendous honor, as well as a supreme privilege, to serve Duke University,” White said. “Representing a ‘world class’ university, from both an academic and athletics perspective, is terribly gratifying.
“Simply put, our esteemed president, Dr. Brodhead, along with our outstanding board of trustees, has continually provided distinctive leadership and unqualified support.”