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Rob McKinney named Director of Operations for

Posted Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Durham, NC - Rob McKinney has been named Director of Operations for, Duke Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White announced on Thursday.

McKinney spent four years at AOL from 2002-06, serving in a variety of capacities including Senior Manager for Production and Publishing over his last 15 months with the company. He also spent time as an editor (Welcome Screen), Programming Manager (Business, News & Sports Welcome Screen), Senior Programming Manager (Welcome Screen Operations) and Manager (Network Publishing). His most notable achievements included overseeing programming operations for the historic open-web launch in 2005 as well as the 2006 launch of in Chinese.

A native of Danville, Va., McKinney served in the U.S. Navy from 1995-99 as a linguist in the Naval Security Group Command. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 2001 with a B.S.B.A. in Management Information Systems. As an undergraduate, McKinney helped the Arizona Men’s Volleyball Club to the NIRSA national championship in 2000. He also earned a diploma in linguistics from The Defense Language Institute in 1997, concentrating in Spanish and Mandarin.

Prior to coming to Duke, McKinney hiked 714.3 miles on the Appalachian Trail in 2007 and was featured in the Japanese documentary "Long Trail of Life" which followed the journeys of three military veterans hiking the trail. In 2008, he hiked 600 miles through the Australian bush on the Bibbulmun Track and became a certified rescue diver while living in Cairns, Australia.

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