Duke names VP, director of athletics

May 31, 2008 1:17:50 PM PDT
Duke University announced its appointment of Kevin White as vice president and director of athletics.

Kevin White, the director of athletics at the University of Notre Dame since 2001, will become Duke University's vice president and director of athletics, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Saturday.

"Kevin White is in the first rank of athletics directors nationally and will make a perfect fit for Duke," Brodhead said. "He has led coaches and players to the highest levels of athletic attainment while always remembering the larger goals of education. He is a superb communicator and a famous developer of the talent of others. He knows the business of intercollegiate athletics. And the quality of experience of student athletes is his highest priority. He is a passionate, inspiring leader. I am delighted to welcome him to Duke."

White succeeds Joe Alleva, who resigned in April to accept the athletics director position at LSU. The appointment is subject to approval of the university's board of trustees.

His appointment follows a year-long strategic planning process for Duke Athletics.

"Simply stated, I am thrilled to be coming to Duke University," White said. "I have the highest regard for this institution and am excited about the opportunities in front of us. I look forward to building great relationships with President Brodhead and the University leadership, the faculty, our student-athletes, coaches and staff, and the wider Durham community."


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