Carla Williams has been named as the University of Virginia’s new athletics director and will become the first female African-American athletics director at a Power Five college, the school announced. She will also become the fifth active female athletics director at a Power Five school.
Succeeding Craig Littlepage as the Cavaliers athletics director, Williams has served as an athletics administrator and the deputy director of athletics at Georgia for the past 13 years. While Williams worked at Georgia, the Bulldogs won 16 NCAA titles and 37 SEC championships.
Before Williams became an athletics administrator, she played college basketball at Georgia and was a 1,000-point scorer. After her playing career, Williams was an assistant coach for Georgia. During Williams’ tenure as an assistant, the Bulldogs won two SEC titles and reached two Final Fours. After coaching, Williams moved from the sideline to the administration side of college athletics.
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“I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to lead one of the nation’s elite athletics programs,” Williams said in a statement. “Academic achievement, athletic excellence, operating with integrity, a commitment to maximum effort at all times and a strong sense of teamwork and unity are the core principles that will guide our athletics department under my leadership.”