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Duke AD Kevin White to retire before the end of his contract

Postby AfricanMustang » Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:03 pm

Kevin White, Duke’s athletic director since 2008 who navigated the Blue Devils to widespread success during times of great change in college sports and the ACC, will retire this August.

The 71-year-old White is under contract through June 30, 2022, at a salary of $1,577,546. But he made the decision to call it a career a year earlier.

Duke won eight national championships in four sports during White’s tenure. He saw the Blue Devils’ athletic programs meet the school’s high level of academic achievement while succeeding at the ACC and national levels.

Named the nation’s top athletics director in 2015 by Sports Business Journal, White also spearheaded massive facilities upgrades to Duke’s athletics campus. Originally aiming to raise $250 million, the initiative brought in $365 million for facilities, endowments and operating expenses.

The school spent $140 million to tear down, rebuild and expand Wallace Wade Stadium, which originally opened in 1929, into a modern facility between 2014 and 2017.

A new track stadium was built adjacent to Koskinen Stadium, home to Duke’s soccer and lacrosse teams, with a four-story operations tower in between that services both facilities.

Blue Devil Plaza was built to connect Wallace Wade Stadium, Cameron Indoor Stadium and the new Scott Family Pavilion that includes a team store, team training facilities and athletics department offices.

He and his wife, Jane, sprouted a college athletics tree among their five children. Two of their sons are Division I athletic directors, with Danny White at Central Florida and Brian White at Florida Atlantic. Another son, Mike White, is head men’s basketball coach at Florida. One of their daughters, Mariah Chappell, is an assistant AD at Southern Methodist.

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