Carla Wilson was named UMKC's new athletic director this week. Her hiring is a landmark for women of color, as she is the only African-American woman who is an athletic director of a division 1 school that is not historically black.
Wilson is not new to UMKC, she's been there for 24 years, 16 of them in the athletic department. As a college student, she had a work study in the athletics department, and after earning her degree in accounting, she went on to work at UMKC and move up in the ranks.
"It will help me as I am looking at our programs to keep a balance. It gives me a better perspective and making sure that we're taking care of everybody," she says on being one of the few African-American women in her position.
Her main goal for the athletic department at UMKC this year is for each team to make it to the Western Athletic Conference Championships in their respective sports.
- Carla Wilson, Athletic Director at UMKC