Kyle Cavanaugh ’94 Named NBA President, Administration

The National Basketball Association (NBA) recently named Kyle J. Cavanaugh (’94) as NBA President, Administration.  Cavanaugh, current Vice President of Administration at Duke University, starts his new role with the NBA on June 1.  

In his new role, Cavanaugh will oversee the global facilities, information technology, security, risk management, people and inclusion, and administrative affairs of the league and its related entities.

Cavanaugh has spent the past 13 years at Duke and has more than 30 years of experience in human resources and administration. During his time at Duke, he was responsible for human resources and benefits, labor and employee relations, executive compensation, international employment, security and police, emergency management, and other administrative functions for a workforce of 43,000 and student population of 15,000. 

He was played a significant role in establishing Duke’s affiliated campus in China and supported numerous global activities. During his tenure at Duke, Cavanaugh led the University’s COVID-19 management strategy.

Prior to Duke, Cavanaugh served as Senior Vice President for Administration at the University of Florida, where he oversaw a range of business, financial and operational activities.  He previously held senior administrative positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Rice University and Vanderbilt University and Medical Center.

“I am thrilled to have been invited to join the leadership team at the NBA and look forward to serving the various constituents of the league and its related entities,” said Cavanaugh.  “Having had the chance to learn more about the organization over the past two months, I could not be more impressed with the assembled talent and I am excited about the opportunity.”

Cavanaugh earned his MBA from Belmont University in 1994.