Duke is selling Nina King to be its subsequent athletic director, the college introduced Wednesday.
King, who joined Duke’s athletic division in September 2008 and serves as senior deputy director of athletics, will exchange Kevin White, who’s retiring Sept. 1 after 13 years on the college. She’s going to change into the primary lady to function Duke’s athletic director and the third Black lady to guide a Energy 5 athletic division, becoming a member of Virginia’s Carla Williams and Vanderbilt’s Candice Storey Lee.
“I’m deeply dedicated to persevering with the robust custom of educational and athletic excellence at our world-class establishment,” King mentioned in a press release. “My precedence will likely be to make sure that the expertise is really elite for our student-athletes, coaches, employees and all the Duke household. It is a great honor, and I look ahead to ushering Duke Athletics into the subsequent chapter.”
— Duke Athletics (@DukeATHLETICS) May 19, 2021
King has served as Duke’s chief working officer, overseeing authorized affairs, human assets, strategic planning and different areas. She chaired the Division I girls’s basketball committee final season and teaches a course in Duke’s enterprise college alongside White.
“In her time at Duke, Nina has demonstrated extraordinary management, incomes the esteem of our coaches, student-athletes, athletics employees and colleagues in athletics departments throughout the nation,” Duke president Vincent Worth mentioned in a press release. “Nina is acknowledged as a dedicated advocate for inclusive excellence in collegiate athletics, and he or she has represented Duke on committees of the NCAA, ACC and lots of different nationwide organizations. I can think about no higher particular person to hold on Kevin White’s distinctive report at Duke.”
White referred to as King’s hiring “a magical second” for Duke athletics, whereas longtime males’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski mentioned King “has represented the Duke Division of Athletics with distinction each internally and externally, together with many roles on the nationwide stage. That nationwide presence is necessary in our faculty’s management place in an ever-changing school sports activities setting.”
King had been a finalist for the athletic director emptiness at Northwestern, which promoted deputy Mike Polisky however then noticed him resign underneath stress 10 days later. She is a 2000 graduate of Notre Dame, the place she served as head supervisor for the ladies’s swimming and diving program whereas White served as the college’s athletic director. King earned a legislation diploma from Tulane earlier than returning to Notre Dame as an athletic administrator in 2005.
“Nina King is a terrific alternative, and congratulations to Duke on an impressive rent,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips mentioned in a press release. “Nina is an individual of great integrity with high quality experiences and perception that can serve Duke, its student-athletes, coaches, alumni and followers extraordinarily nicely.”