Duke University Athletic Director to Discuss Challenges of Job


Photo of Kevin White, Duke University vice president and director of Athletics

The athletic director at Duke University, Dr. Kevin White, is scheduled to guest lecture at Southeast Oct. 8.


Sept. 23, 2009 – Duke University Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Kevin White, is scheduled to guest lecture at Southeast Missouri State University at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall. 

White will discuss the challenges of directing a Division I athletic program.  White’s lecture is part of the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation’s Distinguished Lecturer Series.

White joined the Duke family after leading Notre Dame’s athletics program from 2000-2008. He also has held a number of prominent national leadership roles within intercollegiate athletics, including his service in 2006-2007 as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and in 2005-2006 as president of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association. 

He holds a doctoral degree in education, has taught graduate-level classes since 1982 and currently teaches a sports business course in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business as part of Duke’s MBA program.

In August 2003, SI.com (the Sports Illustrated Web site) listed White, then at Notre Dame, third in its rankings of the most powerful people in college football. In January 2004, The Sporting News listed him in its Power 100 as third among five names in the “front office” category (and the lone college athletics director among the 100).

White currently is a representative with the football Bowl Championship Series. He previously served on numerous NCAA committees, including being an ex-officio member of the NCAA Committee on Academic Performance and a member of its Penalty and Rewards subcommittee. Additionally, White was part of the NCAA Coalition on Intercollegiate Athletics (COIA) that dealt with academics, fiscal reform and student-athlete well-being.

Prior to joining Notre Dame in 2000, White served as athletic director at Arizona State University, Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College in Iowa, where he originated the National Catholic Basketball Tournament.

Before becoming an administrator, White served as head track and field coach at Southeast Missouri State (1981-1982) and assistant cross country and track and field coach at Central Michigan (1976-1980). He began his coaching career at Gulf High School in New Port Richey, Fla., coaching cross country and track and assisting in football and wrestling.

White earned his doctoral degree from Southern Illinois University in 1983 with an emphasis on higher education administration. In 1985, he completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He earned his master’s degree in athletics administration from Central Michigan University in 1976 and his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1972 from St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Ind., where he also competed as a sprinter. White and his wife, Jane, a former college track and field coach, have five children and eight grandchildren.