Duke University President Richard H. Brodhead announced on Wednesday the school and Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White have agreed to a contract extension 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,” said Brodhead. “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.”
White, 62, was named Duke University’s vice president and director of athletics on May 31, 2008. He also serves as an adjunct professor of business administration at the university.
White joined the Duke family after leading Notre Dame’s athletics program to success both on the playing fields and in the classroom from 2000-08.
He also has held a number of prominent national leadership roles within intercollegiate athletics, including his service in 2006-07 as president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and in 2005-06 as president of the Division I-A Athletic Directors Association.
Since White’s arrival, Duke has captured three NCAA Championships – women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010 and men’s lacrosse in 2010 – and 12 ACC titles (three in 2012).
On the strength of 14 teams participating in NCAA Championship competition and robust finishes in several sports, Duke ranked 16th in the final 2012 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which determine an institution’s all-around strength in intercollegiate athletics.
The 16th-place showing marked the ninth consecutive year that Duke has ended among the nation’s top 20 programs. In 2011, Duke placed fifth, matching the school’s best finish in the rankings and its 1171.50 points earned were the most in program history. In White’s tenure at Duke, the Blue Devils placed 17th (2009), 10th (2010), fifth (2011) and 16th (2012) in the Directors’ Cup standings.
Thirty-five Blue Devil teams ranked among the nation’s top 10 teams during the past four seasons with six – men’s basketball (2009, 2010, 2011), men’s lacrosse (2010) and women’s tennis (2009, 2010) – reaching No. 1. In all, 56 Duke teams advanced to NCAA postseason competition the last four academic years.
Academically, Duke teams continued strong performances under White. In the 2012 spring semester, 25 of 26 Blue Devil varsity teams earned grade point averages of 3.0 or better – the exact amount that achieved the same during the fall of 2011.
"To be sure, it is indeed a tremendous honor, as well as a supreme privilege, to serve Duke University,” said White. “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.
"Finally, Jane and I are deeply committed – for the long term – to Duke University, 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!"