A friend of a friend-Tim Duncan-China Jude-July 28

One thing I have learned is that good friends have other good friends. This is a series of stories about “friends of my friends”. The post below is the story for July 28, 2015.

My goal in 2015 is to learn or get re-acquainted with 365 people and doing a daily post on the “the friend of a friend” is helping me get closer to my goal.

I just learned yesterday that a friend of mine that I got to know while I was an Athletic Director is going to be the recipient of a very prestigious award in October. My friend’s name is China Jude and she currently serves as the Director of Athletics at Queen’s College in New York. When I first met China she was serving as the Director of Athletics at Cheney State University in Pennsylvania and we were both on the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee.

Past photo of the 2011 NCAA Division II Nominating Committee-China in orange front row.

Committee Nominating

The award she is receiving is 2015 Administrator of the Year Award from the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) is . The award will be presented at their annual convention. NACWAA is the premier leadership summit for women working in intercollegiate athletics and beyond. Attended by professionals from all divisions of intercollegiate athletics as well as sports-minded corporate leaders, this annual gathering provides three days of unparalleled education, leadership training and networking. The 2015 event will be held October 11-13 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside.

China was one of those leaders that you were impressed with the minute you met her. I knew that she was headed for an upward track in college athletics because of the qualities she possessed. She was hard-working, intelligent, passionate, and would fight for issues that would improve the experience student athletes would have on the Division II level. It was no surprise to me that when my term as chair of the NCAA Division II Nominating Committee ended that her peers elected her to serve as chair.

China wearing the NCAA Nominating Committee Chair red scarf that is handed down from one chair to the next.

China Jude

She has continued to stay in involve with a number of professional organizations including the NCAA.

China is entering her fifth year at Queen’s College. Prior to her time at Queens, Jude served as Athletic Director at Cheyney University for four years, where she moved the University past a three-year NCAA probationary period, restored the athletics program to a competitive state and strengthened the booster club through successful fundraising. It was me witnessing the professional fashion she handled the adversity at Cheney that was impressive.

China today is still very involved in service to her profession and her official title at Queen’s is Assistant Vice President for Athletics. China, also currently serves as Chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities Interest Committee (MOIC), oversees 19 varsity sports at the fourth largest Division II school in the country as well as the only Division II College within the City University of New York system.

China has lots of friends including a Peach Belt Athletic Director named Tim Duncan.


China Jude Head Shot



Leaders with a vision

I have never really spent any quality time with Tim Duncan but did have a number of conversations with him while he was the Athletic Director at Paine College and I was the Athletic Director at UNC Pembroke. Those phone calls were from Tim requesting to get info on the plan we used at UNC Pembroke to develop a football program. Tim was tasked with bringing football to Paine which he accomplished.

In June 2014 Tim left Paine in Augusta, GA and accepted the position of Director of Athletics at Clayton State just outside of Atlanta.

Tim served as Director of Athletics at Paine College, an NCAA Division II institution since 2011. While at Paine, Duncan was able to improve the academic profile of its student-athletes who earned a 3.0 grade point average or higher by nearly 40 percent.  In addition to the improvement of the academic standards, he also revived the Lions’ football program following a 50-year absence.

Prior to his appointment at Paine, Duncan served as the Associate Athletics Director of Development at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Duncan got his start in athletics administration at his alma mater, the University of Memphis, as the Director of the M Club. Duncan earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Marketing at Memphis in 1992.  He played four seasons for the Tigers’ basketball program under coach Larry Finch and helped the team reach the 1992 NCAA Elite Eight during his senior year.

The Memphis native began his career path as a public relations coordinator for Russell Corporation in Midland, Ga., in 1996.  He assisted in managing sponsorships for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the NCAA.  He also worked at RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company for 5 years on programs such as NASCAR Winston Cup, NHRA Winston Drag Racing and various lifestyle marketing programs.

Duncan is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Athletic Development Directors (NAADD), and the National Letter Winners Association (NLWA).

I am no longer in the world of college athletics but if I was asked to tell someone for names of bright and professionally committed athletic directors I would not hesitate to mention China and Tim.

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