Former Vanderbilt athletic director and law professor David Williams dies

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David Williams, former vice-chancellor, athletic director and law professor at Vanderbilt University, has died, university officials confirmed on Friday, Feb. 8. 

“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,” said Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos in a release. “His impact on our community is immeasurable and will be felt for generations to come. We offer our deepest condolences to Gail, his children, and the entire Williams family on this immense loss.”

Late last year, Williams announced he was planning to step down from his leadership role with Vandy athletics after 15 years to pursue teaching full-time at Vanderbilt School of Law.

He also planned to establish a new Sports, Law and Society program. 

Williams was the first African-American vice chancellor at Vanderbilt, and the university gives him credit for progress in both sports and academics. 

During his tenure, the Commodores won four national championships in bowling, baseball and women’s tennis.

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