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UVA names Carla Williams as new athletic director

UVA's newly announced athletic director, Carla Williams. (Photo: UVA)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan announced Carla Williams as the next athletic director for the school. Williams will be introduced at a press conference on Monday afternoon at John Paul Jones arena.

Williams has been an athletics administrator at the University of Georgia since 2004 and has served as the deputy director of athletics since 2015.

“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," Suillvan said of Williams.

UVA's President-elect Jim Ryan called Sullivan "spectacular".

During Williams' career at University of Georgia, its athletic teams won 16 NCAA team championships and 37 Southeastern Conference titles.

Williams was a three-year starter for the Lady Bulldogs basketball team from 1987-89. She also played professional basketball in Spain following her undergraduate career.

Williams received her bachelor's degree in sociology and master's in public administration from Georgia in 1989 and 1991, respectively.

“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," Williams said.

Williams is the first female African-America athletics director at a Power Five conference institution and is the fifth active female athletics director at that level.

She will be succeeding Craig Littlepage who has served as Virginia’s director of athletics for 16 years.

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