Virginia has announced that Carla Williams will be its new athletics director.
Williams has been Georgia's deputy athletics director since 2015 and has worked with the program since 2004. She is set to become Virginia's first African American female athletics director. She is also the first African American woman to become an athletics director at a Power 5 institution.
At Georgia, Williams worked as an administrator with the football and women's basketball teams. A featured representative at athletics board meetings, Williams was regularly spotted sitting next to and assisting athletics director Greg McGarity.
“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.
“My career progression is the result of a commitment to education. Athletics provided the opportunity for me to attend the University of Georgia as a first-generation college student and my advanced degrees enabled me to further my growth and develop my career as an athletics administrator. I look forward to serving our student-athletes, coaches, and staff on a daily basis and I am excited to get started.”
Williams' bio on the Georgia website states that her responsibilities included “academic support services, business operations, compliance, event management, external operations, facilities, human resources, sports medicine, strength and conditioning, student services and ticketing.”
Williams holds two degrees from Georgia, with a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public administration. She was a four-year letter-winner with the Georgia women's basketball team from 1985-89.
Before pursuing a career in sports administration, Williams was an assistant coach for former UGA women's head coach Andy Landers from 1991-96.
“I am so happy for Carla,” McGarity said. “She has worked so hard for this opportunity and will be a dynamic leader for the University of Virginia athletics program. Carla has been a tremendous asset to our staff in all areas of the UGA program and her skill set is remarkable. She has experience in virtually every part of our athletic program -- from a student-athlete all the way to Deputy Director. I know I'll miss working alongside my good friend. We are very proud of Carla and wish her the very best in her role as Director of Athletics at the University of Virginia.”