June 24, 2005

Notre Dame, Ind. – Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White has been chosen to serve as second vice president of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) for the 2005-06 school year. White was elected during NACDA’s 40th Anniversary Convention, held June 15-18 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Appointed Notre Dame’s athletics director on March 13, 2000, he has guided the Notre Dame athletic department to unprecedented across-the-board success during his tenure. A career educator and one of the most respected athletic administrators in the nation, White previously had been athletic director at Arizona State, Tulane University, the University of Maine and Loras College.

Also elected to serve NACDA for the ’05-’06 term were president Tim Curley, director of athletics at Penn State University; 1st vice president Lee McElroy, director of athletics at the University of Albany; 3rd vice president Joan Cronan, director of athletics at the University of Tennessee; and Greg Feris, director of athletics at Wayland Baptist University, to the second of a five-year term as secretary.

Executive Committee members selected include athletics directors Mark Murphy of Northwestern and Rudy Davalos of the University of New Mexico as University Division representatives; and Kevin McHugh of the College of New Jersey and Jim Harris of the University of Alabama Huntsville as College Division representatives. Chosen as junior/community college representatives were athletic directors Jim Cox of Miami Dade College South, Scott Geddis of Phoenix College and Carl Heinrich of Johnson County Community College. New At-Large representatives are Kelly Andrews, associate athletics director/senior women’s administrator at the University of Toledo; Karl Benson, commissioner of the Western Athletic Conference; Valerie Richardson, associate athletics administrator at the University of Cal Santa Barbara; and Dennis Thomas, commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

NACDA, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, serves as the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference commissioners at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. NACDA offers numerous educational and networking opportunities to its members. Additionally, NACDA administers the Sports Academy Directors’ Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions I, II and III and the NAIA. NACDA also publishes Athletics Administration.