Lincoln Director of Athletics Ford-Key to be honored by alma mater

Lincoln Director of Athletics Ford-Key to be honored by alma mater

September 22, 2009

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, Pa. - Northern Illinois University will honor Lincoln Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee on Sept. 25 and 26 as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Golden Anniversary celebration.

Ford-Kee and fellow honorees are recognized for achieving the highest possible position in their respective fields.

Ford-Kee graduated from NIU with a master's of public administration and will be recogized for her years of service to higher education. Ford-Kee spent 18 years at Shaw University (N.C.), beginning as a volleyball coach in 1990 and rising to associate athletic director. In 2008, she took the director of athletics position at Lincoln and is overseeing the school's transition from NCAA Division III to Division II.

"To be recognized my alma mater for my years of service to student-athletes is a humbling experience," Ford-Kee said. "I certainly did not expect it. I will always be grateful for the opportunity and role Northern Illinois played in my life. I look forward to partaking in the weekend's festivities and rekindling old friendships."