DURHAM – After nearly five decades of exemplary service as a world class leader, Duke University, Duke Athletics and his college athletic family would like to thank Dr. White for his continued commitment to our coaches, student-athletes and Duke.
During his stint on the intercollegiate scene, he mentored nearly 30 professionals who went on to become athletic directors and prominent leaders across the country.
White is one of the most experienced, distinguished and honored athletic directors in varsity sports and has overseen a program that includes 27 varsity sports, more than 700 student-athletes, more than 300 coaches and staff, and a program of physical and recreational education that touches nearly every Duke student. Under her leadership, Duke won eight NCAA championships – women’s tennis in 2009, men’s basketball in 2010 and 2015, men’s lacrosse in 2010, 2013 and 2014, and women’s golf in 2014 and 2019 – and 23 ACC titles. A total of 190 Duke teams qualified for the NCAA playoff competition during White’s tenure. Duke ranks among the top institutions in the Learfield Athletic Directors Cup rankings each year, reflecting an institution’s overall strength in intercollegiate athletics.
White’s commitment to academic success is reflected in the strong performance of Duke’s student-athletes in the classroom and in national metrics. In the 2019-20 academic year, 24 of 27 Blue Devil varsity teams achieved GPAs of 3.0 or higher in the fall and spring semesters, and Duke set a new record for the league with 570 selections on the CCA honor roll. Duke has also consistently been at or near the top of the NCAA Pass and Academic Performance Reports, which measure results across all NCAA schools, and Duke’s student-athletes have won Rhodes scholarships, Marshall and Fulbright.
White will continue to serve as an assistant professor at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, where he teaches a popular course in sports business.