President of Duke University Richard H. Brodhead made a significant announcement on Wednesday. Vice President and Athletics Director Kevin White has agreed to a contract extension through June 30, 2021.
“Duke is fortunate to have an athletic director of the caliber of Kevin White,” said Brodhead. “Kevin’s national leadership role in college athletics has earned him widespread respect and admiration. At Duke, we appreciate Kevin’s deep understanding of Duke’s values, his vision for collegiate athletics, and his commitment to building excellence in our student-athletes, both on the field and in the classroom.”
Since White stepped on to Duke’s campus, Duke has won six NCAA Championships. In 2009, women’s tennis was the best in the nation. In 2010, men’s basketball and men’s lacrosse won it all. In 2013, men’s lacrosse was again at the top. In 2014, men’s lacrosse won again, as well as women’s golf. Since Duke athletics has been at the top of their game in the nation under the direction of White, they’ve also represented well in the ACC. Under White’s helm, Duke has won 17 ACC titles. Not only that, but Duke has faired well in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, which evaluate a school’s overall strength in their athletics. This year, Duke ranked ninth in the rankings. In the six years that White has been on staff at Duke, the Blue Devils have finished in the top 20 every year, finishing in the top ten on three occasions (2010, 10th place; 2011, fifth place; 2014, ninth place).
“It is an absolute honor to continue my career at Duke University,” said White. “Certainly, this is a rare institution that represents the very best of both academics and athletics. The unwavering support and trust of the University leadership, specifically Dr. Brodhead and the Board of Trustees, are overwhelmingly appreciated by our family, coaches, and staff. Even through times of constant change in college athletics, we are completely committed to the uncompromising excellence that defines Duke University. Simply put, Jane and I are both humbled and thrilled to continue our Duke journey for many more years.”
White has been recognized for his outstanding job as an Athletic Director on a national level, on many different occasions. In 2013, White was named one of the four award winners of the Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year Award. Most recently, White was named the winner of the National Football Foundation’s John L. Toner award and the Sport Business Journal’s Athletic Director of the Year, both awarded in 2014.