The Virginia Cavaliers have a new athletic director.
On Sunday, the university named Carla Williams as the head of its athletics department. Williams arrives on campus in Virginia after serving as an athletics administrator at Georgia for the past 13 years.
The university announced the hiring in a statement on their school website.
“The University of Virginia is excited to welcome Carla Williams to lead our athletics department,” president Teresa Sullivan said. “Her experience as a successful student-athlete, coach, and senior administrator at the highest levels of Division I athletics is impressive. Equally impressive is her commitment to education and the academic pursuits of student-athletes. Carla will also be a dynamic contributor to the University and Charlottesville communities.”
Williams brings a unique background to the Cavaliers athletics program. Having competed athletically and being named All-SEC as a guard at Georgia. She then found success as a head coach recruiter for the Bulldogs, putting together some of the best teams in Georgia’s history. Her success as one of the highest-ranking female administrators in Division I athletics made her the ideal candidate for the role at Virginia.
Williams experience makes her well-suited for her new role with the Cavaliers. She has already managed a massive athletic budget of $127 million at Georgia, and their teams won 16 NCAA team championships and 37 Southeastern Conference titles during her tenure.
With her new position, she becomes the first ever female African American athletic director in a Power Five conference.