Richard Williams had served as the interim athletic director at Albany State University since May 2010.
ALBANY — Albany State University is sticking with Richard H. Williams.
The interim tag attached to his title as athletic director has been removed, Dr. Everette J. Freeman announced Monday evening.
“Dr. Williams emerged as the strongest candidate for the athletics director position,” Freeman said. “I am delighted to have Dr. Williams serve as our permanent AD.”
Williams, who has served as interim director since May 2010, said he is ready for the challenge of directing ASU’s athletics program.
He replaced Dr. Joshua Murfree, who stepped down to take a position as superintendent of the Dougherty County School System in Albany.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to continue as athletics director for this great Albany State University,” Williams said. “My service as interim A.D. has been rewarding, and I appreciate Dr. Freeman’s confidence in me to build on the tradition of excellence that Albany State athletics has enjoyed throughout the years.”
A Thomasville native, Williams oversees the management of Albany State’s 11-sport program, which includes football, volleyball, baseball, softball, women’s tennis, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country and track & field.
During his time as interim director, Williams launched initiatives in the program, including the 100 Grand Club and the ASU athletics website.
“I have a great staff of administrators, coaches and student-athletes who have supported me during the interim phase, and together, we will continue to build on ASU’s great legacy of helping our student-athletes succeed in their athletic and academic pursuits,” Williams said. “I could not do this job without great people beside me.”
He has served as chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) since 2007 and will serve as interim chair until a permanent chair is hired.
Williams earned the Doctorate of Education degree in exercise science/muscle physiology in 2002, master’s degree in education in 1997 and bachelor’s degree in education in 1995, all from the University of Georgia.
He came to Albany State after serving two years as a professor and chair of the HPER Department at Langston University in Langston, Okla.
Williams has an active research and scholarship agenda that focus upon neuromuscular physiology, health/wellness pursuits, and minority health disparities.