Hired and introduced as the University of Virginia’s Director of Athletics in October, Carla Williams officially began her tenure Monday. She addressed Athletics Department staff during her first morning on the job.
Williams takes over for Craig Littlepage, who led UVA’s athletics for 16 years. During his tenure, Virginia finished in the top 20 in the Director’s Cup that measures all-sports standings in each of the last 11 years. Over the course of his tenure, UVA won 76 ACC Championships and 13 NCAA National Championships. Virginia has won a league-leading 64 ACC team titles since the ACC expanded in 2004-05.
Williams came to UVA after working as Georgia’s deputy director of athletics. She held many roles in that post including oversight for football and women’s basketball. She also worked with supervisory responsibility for academic support services, business operations, compliance, and more. Williams was also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the department and its $127 million budget.
While at Georgia, the Bulldogs won 38 SEC Championships, including the football title this year by defeating Auburn earlier this month, and 16 NCAA National Championships. She agreed to a five-year contract with a base annual salary of $550,000, plus incentives at Virginia.
She arrives on Grounds during a quiet period for the UVA Athletics Department. All of the Cavaliers’ sports teams are off for exams at this time. The next scheduled Virginia event is the men’s basketball team’s game with Davidson on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the John Paul Jones Arena.