“Throughout her time at Virginia, as well as her entire career,” Phillips said, “Carla has consistently shown to be a tremendous leader.”

Williams is in her seventh year as director of athletics at Virginia. During her time in Charlottesville, UVA teams have captured multiple national titles across numerous sports, including the 2019 men’s basketball title, 2019 and 2021 men’s lacrosse titles, three straight women’s swimming and diving championships from 2021 to ’23, and the 2022 and 2023 men’s tennis team titles. In addition, UVA teams have won 17 ACC championships. 

In the classroom, UVA has placed record numbers of student-athletes on the ACC Honor Roll, achieved the highest-grade point averages in program history, and been recognized by the NCAA for outstanding achievement in its Academic Progress Reports. In all, 12 UVA student-athletes have been named ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports since 2020. 

In 2021, the Sports Business Journal named Williams one of its finalists for NCAA Division I Athletics Director of the Year Award.


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