Mississippi Valley State University has named Dianthia Ford-Kee as the new director of athletics. Previously, Ford-Kee served five years as the director of athletics at Lincoln University of Pennsylvania. She 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.
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 and 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.