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Mississippi Valley State University President William B. Bynum has announced Dianthia Ford-Kee as the Delta Devils' new Director of Athletics.

Previously, Ford-Kee served five years as the Director of Athletics at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania having successfully navigated Lincoln’s Athletic Department to active membership in NCAA Division II and return to the CIAA. Ford-Kee came to Lincoln from Shaw University where she spent 18 years working in athletic administration and coaching. Ford-Kee, was named the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) - NCAA Division II Female Athletic Administrator of the Year in 2006 while serving as Shaw’s Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator.Dee Ford-KeeFord-Kee

Ford-Kee has been appointed to serve on the NCAA Minority Opportunity & Interest Committee and the CIAA Executive Committee as the Vice President for the Northern Division. She currently serves on the NCAA Division II Project Team to Review Issues Related to Diversity and the NCAA DII Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Selection, NCAA DII Women’s Basketball Atlantic Regional Advisory Committee, Oxford Area Chamber of Commerce, Southern Chester County Chamber of Commerce. Previous committee service includes NCAA Division II Management Council as the CIAA Conference representative from 1999-2005 and Committee on Women’s Athletics, Division II Nominating Committee.

She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Fayetteville State University in 1982 and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Northern Illinois University in 1984.

Most recently, Ford-Kee was honored by the Black Women in Sports Foundation for her accomplishments at Lincoln University and in the field of athletics with the Legends Award. She has received several honors in the state of North Carolina, she was a 1998 inductee in the Wake County Academy for Women for Athletics and a 1999 nominee of the Governor’s Distinguished Woman Award for Athletics. Recently, in October of 2009, she was honored and the recipient of the Northern Illinois University’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Golden Anniversary Alumni Award for she was 1 of the 50 alumni who has distinguished themselves in their careers that have contributed to the worlds of education, science, scholarship, business, law, medicine, community leadership and engagement, philanthropy and government service.

A native of Lawrenceville, N.J., Ford-Kee was inducted into the inaugural class of Lawrence High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008 as the first athlete in the history of the high school to score over 1000 points playing only 3 years of high school basketball. She currently holds basketball records that have not been broken at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., in its 44 years of existence.


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