Vanderbilt names David Williams athletic director

Associated Press Modified: July 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm •  Published: July 12, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has named David Williams as athletic director and will hire people to take over some of Williams' other jobs so he can focus on sports.

Chancellor Nick Zeppos announced the new title Thursday at a news conference. Vanderbilt, the Southeastern Conference's only private university, restructured athletics in 2003 under former chancellor Gordon Gee and merged the athletics department with the rest of the school. Williams has overseen athletics since shortly after the department was merged.

Under Williams, Vanderbilt football now has played in two bowls in the past four seasons, the baseball team reached its first College World Series in 2011 and the men's basketball team won the SEC tournament this season.

"By every measure, the game has changed for Vanderbilt athletics over the past nine years," Zeppos said.

"This success is largely thanks to David Williams. It is important now that his many other duties be assumed by others so that he can focus his efforts on maintaining and building on this momentum."

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