Alumni Honorees

Dianthia Ford-KeeDianthia Ford-Kee

M.A. Public Affairs, 1984


Since receiving her master’s degree, Dianthia Ford-Kee has continuously demonstrated that graduates of her program use their public administration experience to achieve outstandingly successful careers in other fields as well.  In her case, Ford-Kee has become a nationally known and respected figure in intercollegiate athletic coaching and athletic program management.

She currently serves as the first female athletics director in the 154-year history of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, the first historically black institution of higher education in the U.S.  She was appointed to that post in 2008 after being named the 2006 Female Athletic Administrator of the Year for Division II institutions by the National Association of Collegiate Women Administrators. 

Ford-Kee served six years as the representative of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) on the NCAA’s Division II Management Council and continues to serve on the Division II Diversity Project Team and Strategic Alliance Matching Grant Selection Committee.

Prior to launching her career in intercollegiate athletic administration, Ford-Kee enjoyed a highly successful career as a coach at Shaw University.  She was twice named CIAA Volleyball Coach of the Year and won CIAA Softball Coach of the Year honors four times.  She taught courses in public administration at Shaw for eight years.