Carla Williams has been officially named the new Director of Athletics at the University of Virginia. Since the news of her hiring broke on October 21, the sentiment regarding her hiring has been overwhelmingly positive. Below is a sampling of the reaction, both inside and outside of UVA, of Williams’ appointment.
Click here to view the full transcript of Williams’ introductory press conference.
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“The University of Virginia is excited to welcome Carla Williams to lead our athletics department. 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.
“President-elect Jim Ryan and I agreed that we needed to work together on the search for UVA’s new athletics director. I appreciate Jim’s assistance and input during the search as we position the athletics department to build on the success it achieved under the leadership of Craig Littlepage.” – UVA President Theresa Sullivan
“I think Carla is spectacular. She is exceedingly well-prepared for this role, but more than that, she is fiercely committed to excellence in both athletics and academics and has a track record of success in both arenas. I cannot wait to work with Carla, a kindred spirit who sees leadership as a chance to serve those around her and to create the conditions for their success.” – UVA president-elect Jim Ryan
“I have had the pleasure of working for many years with Carla Williams as president, provost and faculty athletics representative. She is an outstanding athletic administrator and importantly a wonderful role model for our student-athletes. I know she will be a superb athletic director for the University of Virginia. I am proud of her accomplishments as one of our exceptional graduates.” – University of Georgia President Jere Morehead
“I just think that she was a presence when she came into the room. She was somebody I think we looked at and said ‘Wow, this is an impressive woman.’ She had great experience. … I think there were a lot of things there at Georgia were very impressive and the ideas she had for the future.” – UVA women’s rowing head coach Kevin Sauer, who was on the AD search committee
“I was really impressed with Carla as a person, not only from a professional standpoint and all the things she’s done preparation-wise and things on the resume that have helped her build her career to this point, but I was very impressed with the communication skills. I think the core principles in which she operates from, and the successes that she’s had. I’m really encouraged.” – UVA head football coach Bronco Mendenhall
Mendenhall continued: “I had also a chance to talk, and Carla said because she supervised Mark Richt, so I had a chance to talk with Mark at Carla’s request, and he also was just really favorable about the kind of person but also the kind of professional and the insight and vision and results that she’s able to get. Not only was I impressed but everything that I’ve heard, and I wouldn’t have reached out to anyone unless she asked me to, and it just has been glowing endorsements, and I’m really excited for the chance to build an exceptional football program, and I think with her experience at the University of Georgia and within that league, there’s some really nice points of reference that I think will be helpful, and so I’m looking forward to partnering with her, and I think it’s an exciting time for UVA.”
“This is an exciting time in UVA athletics and I look forward to working with Carla Williams. Her vast experiences as a student-athlete, coach, and administrator at top Power Five schools are impressive. The people I respect in the coaching profession who have worked under Carla could not have given her a better endorsement.” – UVA head men’s basketball coach Tony Bennett
“Carla Williams is someone I have always admired and looked up to. She brings integrity and hard work to whatever she does in life, and Virginia is lucky to have her. For me personally, she is an inspiration. To be the first African-American Athletic Director at an autonomy-5 school speaks to her success as an athletics administrator. More than anything, I am so thankful for the opportunities Carla has given me here at Georgia, and I am honored to call her a friend and mentor.” – University of Georgia women’s basketball coach Joni Taylor
Tweets from the UVA community
— Matt Riley – UVa (@MattRileyPhoto) October 23, 2017
— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) October 22, 2017
Always proud of my alma mater, but especially today, with the hiring of Carla Williams as our AD. Welcome to the Wahoo Family Carla, we are all wishing you success and blessings! #Wahoo4Life
— Sharnee Zoll (@sharneezoll) October 22, 2017
— Virginia Volleyball (@UVAVolleyball) October 22, 2017
A big Wahoowah to our new Athletic Director Carla Williams #GoHoos #⚔️
— Virginia Golf (@UVAMensGolf) October 22, 2017
Really great to meet our new AD, Carla Williams today at her press conference!
— UVA Softball (@UVASOFTBALL) October 23, 2017
— Virginia Baseball (@UVABaseball) October 22, 2017
Virginia’s Carla Williams becomes the first African-American woman to lead a Power Five athletic department https://t.co/78ZX9rUMtg
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 24, 2017
Just finished up press conference with new #UVa AD Carla Williams. Very classy lady with a good sense of humor. She’s gonna do just fine.
— Jerry Ratcliffe (@JerryRatcliffe) October 23, 2017
New #UVa AD Carla Williams with a stirring, eloquent statement on historic nature of becoming first African-American female to lead P5.
— David Teel (@DavidTeelatDP) October 23, 2017
Coolest thing at #UVA AD Carla Williams’ introduction: Obvious pride showing on faces of her husband & 3 kids,especially her oldest daughter
— Mike Barber (@RTD_MikeBarber) October 23, 2017
— John Shifflett (@John_Shifflett) October 23, 2017
“Dreams do not know categories. Dreams do not know genders or colors.” – Carla Williams, AD at @VirginiaSports YESSSS! What an EPIC day!
— Women Leaders (@WomenLeadersCS) October 23, 2017
@VirginiaSports is extremely blessed to have Carla Williams serving as their new AD. She is an inspiration to myself and many other people.
— Coach D~Akin (@EJackson_Hoops) October 22, 2017
From Todd Turner, President and founder of Collegiate Sports Associates and former AD at Washington, Vanderbilt, NC State and UConn …
So proud of Carla Williams, new AD @ UVa. Amazing person. Gr8 values, experience, & intellect. Awesome colleague during our time at Vandy.
— Todd Turner (@TTCollegeSports) October 23, 2017
From Vanderbilt Associate Vice Chancellor for University Affairs and Deputy AD, Candice Storey Lee …
CONGRATULATIONS to my colleague and friend, Carla Williams. And congratulations to the Univ of Virginia. https://t.co/qSsS9modTf
— Candice Storey Lee (@CandiceLee78) October 23, 2017
From University of Washington Athletic Director Jennifer Cohen …
— Jennifer Cohen (@JenniferCohenUW) October 23, 2017
From Matt Winston, Virginia Tech Senior Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations …
So happy for my friend Carla Williams. UVA is getting a great one. Even though she’s working in enemy territory, I wish her much success!! https://t.co/egQVSFJ4Xa
— Matt Winston (@VTMattWins) October 22, 2017