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NCAA's Williams to be Inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame

Nov. 16, 2011

CLEVELAND – The John McLendon Minority Scholarship Foundation, in partnership with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) is proud to announce that Bob Williams, vice president of communications at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) will be inducted into the John McLendon Minority Athletics Administrators Hall of Fame as the NCAA representative on the evening of June 27, 2012.  The induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 47th Annual NACDA Convention at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

As vice president of communications at the NCAA national office, Williams oversees the Association’s communications efforts through three units:  public and media relations, digital communications and image management and communications strategy.  He is also the Association’s primary media spokesperson.

The NCAA, which is comprised of 1,250 member institutions, conferences and organizations, is responsible for governing and protecting the integrity of intercollegiate athletics.

Williams advises the NCAA president and senior management on policies that support the Association’s core values, including scholarship, student-athlete well-being, diversity and the promotion of athletics participation. He leads a team of 30 individuals that advocates those policies to NCAA members, 400,000 student-athletes and their families, and the public. 

Williams joined the NCAA in February 2005 after more than 25 years of service with the United States Air Force, where he managed public relations activities in a number of capacities since 1980. Most recently, he oversaw all public affairs efforts for Air Combat Command – which is made up of 170,000 people and provides combat air forces for military operations around the world – at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

He received his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the State University College at Buffalo and a master’s degree in mass communication and public relations from Boston University.



Previous NCAA recipients include:

2010: Percy Bates – current faculty athletics representative at Michigan and former chair of many NCAA committees

2009: Bernard Franklin – NCAA Executive Vice President on NCAA membership and Student-Athlete Affairs and Past President at three HBCU’s

2007: James Frank – the first African-American NCAA President

About the John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Program: The John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship Awards are presented to senior-level minority students who intend to pursue a graduate degree in athletics administration. If you have any questions regarding this program, please visit www.mclendonminorityfoundation.com.