Name: Vaughn Williams
Title: Director of Athletics
Company: Kennesaw State University
What They Do: Administrator. A potential maker. Serves student athletes and serves them like a ministry. Helps them to fulfill their potential.
Originally From: Central New Jersey
College: University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Field of Study: Originally wanted to be an engineer, but graduated with a degree in sport management
- “The Servant” by James Hunter
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A Few Notes From the Show:
- He is preparing leaders in all aspects of their lives.
- Great perspective on where athletics and winning games fits into the equation.
- We talk about why he chose sports.
- He was in an engineering program in college but wasn’t happy. He always had a passion about sports.
- Didn’t get any internships after graduations so moved to Atlanta (the Olympics were coming in 4 years).
- Sent out 350 letters trying to get a sports job. Ended up selling cars for 2 months.
- We talk about taking an internship in Utah at a place that wasn’t very diverse.
- Wasn’t going to Utah for a social life, was going their to start his career.
- Talks about the lack of exposure to different cultures and how that plays into what we believe.
- Got a full time position at Utah and became the CFO for the athletic department.
- After Utah went to the University of Toledo as the Associate AD of Business Affairs.
- Took the Toledo position as a challenge and to see what he could do and what he could do without his mentor right there.
- Then went to Boston College as the Assistant AD for Event Management, Championships & Facilities (he was the first to have the position). It was work he hadn’t done before but he took a risk. It was a great opportunity to learn the craft and to be under a great leader.
- Got his master’s degree while he was there. Was there for 6.5yrs.
- Then he got a call to be at the University of Connecticut as an Associate AD. Was there for 6 years.
- Then became the AD for Kennesaw State. Going on his 5th year at the time of this recording.
- His mentors at Utah did not look like him but they invested in him.
- Talk about one of his mentors who was really honest with him by telling Vaughn that things were going to be different than what he was used to.
- We talk about confidence and we talk about environment.
- We have a responsibility
- You have to know your “why?”
- Believes we are all called to excellence.
- One of the beauty of college athletics is that there is only one way to get in.
- “Don’t bring checker pieces to a chess game; and life is a chess game.”
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