Nina King Becomes Duke’s First Woman and Person of Color Athletic Director

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Women and people of color have been breaking some long-standing barriers recently. Yesterday, Nina King continued that trend.

On Wednesday, Duke University announced that King, 42, would become their new Athletic Director. She will replace Kevin White, 70, who is retiring in August. This makes King the first woman and person of color to be Duke’s Athletic Director in the school’s history.

The new Vice President and Director of Athletics, the eighth in university history, has a long and successful career in college athletics administration.

King graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in accounting. Afterwards, she interned with the NCAA and Nike. Then she earned her law degree from Tulane before returning to Notre Dame as their director of rules education from 2005-08 where she worked under AD Kevin White. When White was named Duke’s AD in May of 2008, King followed him over that September.

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