Vanderbilt AD David Williams stepping down

David Williams II, the first African-American athletic director in the Southeastern Conference, is retiring from his role overseeing Vanderbilt athletics and as vice chancellor. The 70-year-old Williams announced his decision today.

He will stay on as athletic director and vice chancellor until his replacement is hired, then become a full-time law professor. He also is establishing a new Sports, Law & Society program at Vanderbilt Law School. Williams has overseen Vanderbilt athletics since 2003, adding the athletic director title in 2012.