RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Carla Williams became the first African-American female athletic director at a ‘Power 5’ school when she was hired at the University of Virginia back in October 2017.
Before coming to Virginia, Williams worked her way up the athletics ladder at the University of Georgia, becoming executive Athletic Director in 2011.
During her tenure, the Bulldogs won 16 NCAA Championships in various sports.
“I do this for three reasons: I love young people, I love sports and I love education. So this is the perfect job for me.“
Though the job of Athletic Director at a school like UVA comes with great expectations, Williams reverts to her days as a student-athlete to help current student-athletes, both academically and athletically.
“Being a student-athlete and having that experience has been extremely helpful,“ Williams explained. “I do this for three reasons: I love young people, I love sports and I love education. So this is the perfect job for me.“
Watch Natalie Kalibat’s report above to learn more about Carla Williams’ journey to becoming UVA’s athletic director