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Ken Free, Sr. (1939-) Free, a Dudley High School (Greensboro, North Carolina) graduate who later earned a degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, was a standout baseball player. He played professionally in the Negro League

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Ken Free, Sr. (1939-) Free, a Dudley High School (Greensboro, North Carolina) graduate who later earned a degree from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, was a standout baseball player. He played professionally in the Negro Leagues and with the New York Mets system. He moved into athletic administration, first with local parks and recreation, then with the state, volunteering for youth programs. In 1978, he became the first full-time commissioner of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (formed in Durham, NC), which was made up of 13 historically black institutions of higher education. Under Ken Free’s leadership, the conference went from Division II to Division I status in 1980. During his 18 years at the post, he served on the NCAA Executive Committee and became the first African-American appointed to the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee.