By Edythe Brantley
The Albany State University Golden Rams are sticking with Dr. Richard H. Williams. The interim tag attached to his title as athletics director has been removed, Dr. Everette J. Freeman has announced. “Dr. Williams emerged as the strongest candidate for the Athletics Director position,” Dr. Freeman said. “I am delighted to have Dr. Williams serve as our permanent AD.” Dr. 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. My service as interim AD 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,” Dr. Williams said. “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. I could not do this job without great people beside me.”
A Thomasville, Ga. native, Dr. Williams oversees the management of Albany State’s 11-sport program, which includes football, volleyball, baseball, softball, women’s tennis and men and women’s basketball, cross country and track and field. During his time as interim director, Dr. Williams launched new initiatives in the program, including the 100 Grand Club and the ASU athletics website. 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.
Dr. 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. Dr. Williams has an active research and scholarship agenda that focus upon Neuromuscular Physiology, Health/Wellness Pursuits, and Minority Health Disparities.
To date, he has published seven books; six electronic books (e-books); eight refereed articles; and over 30 non-refereed publications. Additionally, he has secured over one-million dollars in academic grants/awards and athletic contracts and fundraising ventures. Active in numerous professional and civic organizations, Dr. Williams is a member of the Phoebe-Putney Hospital Foundation Board in Albany, GA., American College of Sports Medicine, 100 Black Men of Albany, GA, National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletes, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Delta-Delta Boule, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Albany, Ga., and maintains active memberships in other educational, social and fraternal organizations.