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Meet Carla Williams, The First Black Woman To Lead Athletics Program At A Power Five School

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MAfter 13 years in the athletic department at the University of Georgia, former professional basketball player Carla Williams is taking on an exciting new position at the University of Virginia. 

It an announcement last week, the Daily Press confirmed that the Georgia graduate would accept the position of athletic director for the University of Virginia Cavaliers. The new role makes her the first Black woman to lead an athletic department at a Power Five school. As reported by the Pittsburgh Courier, Williams received a five-year contract that will pay her $550,000 per year, plus incentives.

“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.”


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