Former Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director David Williams passed away on Friday, February 8. SEC leadership including Greg Sankey, Harris Pastides and Mitch Barnhart commented on Williams’ legacy.
By: SEC Release
Greg Sankey, SEC Commissioner:
“The entire SEC family is profoundly saddened to learn of the passing of David Williams. Personally, I am saddened to have lost a friend and a person who guided me in many ways. David had a remarkable and lasting impact on his university and the SEC, leading Vanderbilt to Conference and NCAA championships with integrity and honor. His love for Vanderbilt’s student-athletes and support of student-athletes nationally, his steady leadership and his legacy as a trailblazer have moved the Vanderbilt community in ways that will be felt for generations. Our deepest condolences go out to Gail, his children and the entire Williams family on this day.”
Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina and current President of SEC:
“David Williams set the bar for athletics directors in the SEC and nationally. He cared deeply for both the student and the athlete experience in relation to the term ‘student-athlete.’ He led with integrity and he broke barriers during his career. He will always be remembered as someone who helped the SEC play the right way, win or lose.”
Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky Director of Athletics and Chair of SEC Athletics Directors:
“David Williams had an incredible heart for young people and I can’t think of a higher compliment for someone in his position. His leadership and stability were incredible assets both in his role at Vanderbilt and in the room with his fellow ADs. We offer our sincere condolences to his family and friends and all those whose lives he touched. He will be missed.”