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Vanderbilt David William Bio, Wiki, Age, Wife, Children, Education, Cause of Death, the first black AD in the SEC (1948-2019)

Vanderbilt David William, the first black Athletics Director in the SEC

Vanderbilt’s David Williams Bio, Wiki (1948-2019)

David Williams Born: He was born in 1948

David Williams Died: He died on February 8th, 2019

David Williams Wife: Gail

David Williams was born in 1948 and died on Friday, February 8th, 2018 aged 71. He was a former Former Vanderbilt Commodores vice chancellor and athletic director.

Williams, the SEC’s first black athletic director, announced his retirement in September, and a party to celebrate his retirement had been planned for Friday night. SEC (The Southeastern Conference) is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are located primarily in the Southern part of the United States.

Williams oversaw Vanderbilt athletics for 15 years and officially left his position on Jan. 31, making way for new athletic director Malcolm Turner.

On Williams’ watch, the Commodores won four national championships — in bowling (twice), baseball and women’s tennis. Williams also hired James Franklin as head football coach; Franklin led Vanderbilt to back-to-back nine-win seasons, in 2012 and 2013, which had previously never been done at Vanderbilt.
The Vanderbilt football team also played in six bowl games during Williams’ tenure and broke a 25-year postseason drought in 2008 under then-head coach Bobby Johnson.

David Williams Vanderbilt

David Williams joined Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2000 when he joined Vanderbilt University’s administration as vice chancellor for university affairs and athletics, a position from which he retired in September 2018. He also served as the university’s general counsel and secretary from 2000 until 2013. In addition to serving in university administrative positions at Vanderbilt and the Ohio State University, Williams wrote, lectured and participated in many seminars on topics of tax law, sports law, law and education, and legal history. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty, he taught at the law schools of the University of Detroit, Capital University and Ohio State University, and he directed the Ohio State University law program in Oxford, England, in 1992 and 1995.

David Williams Death and Cause

Williams died on February 8th, 2018 aged 71. No Cause of death was revealed.

The Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos said in a statement;

“David Williams stood tall on this campus, in this city and in college athletics nationally as an incomparable leader, role model and dear friend to me and so many others. We are devastated by this loss. His impact on our community is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. We offer our deepest condolences to [wife] Gail, his children and the entire Williams family on this immense loss.”

James Franklin posted a tribute on Twitter as below.


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