UPDATE: Williams Named Interim AD

A University source confirmed to BearTerritory that University of California Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Sandy Barbour will be transitioning into a new role on campus, and that the search for a new athletic director will begin immediately.

UPDATE: UC Berkeley chancellor Nicholas Dirks has named former Cal wrestler and current Vice Chair of the UC Berkeley Foundation H. Michael Williams as the interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.

He has served as the Vice Chair of the foundation since July, 2013, sits on the Advisory Board for Cal's Division of Equity and Inclusion, and has sat on the Chancellor's Task Force on Academics and Athletics, with Dirks calling him "one of the most active members."

Williams graduated in 1982 with a degree in economics, and took his MBA at UCLA before embarking on a career in finance. He retired in 2009 as vice chair, Capital Markets, for Barclays Global Investors after 16 years with the company.

Williams was elected to the UC Berkeley Foundation Board oF Trustees in 2007, and joined the foundation's executive committee in 2009.


After 10 years, California athletic director Sandy Barbour will reportedly step down as the Golden Bears' head of intercollegiate athletics, per California Golden Blogs.

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury news reports that Barbour and chancellor Nicholas Dirks have determined that it was time for a "change in leadership," a change perhaps presaged by the involvement of Dirks and vice chancellor John Wilton in the hiring of new head men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin.

A University source told BearTerritory that Barbour is not stepping down or resigning, but "transitioning to a new role on campus."

Barbour's last day will reportedly be July 15, after which she will transition into a different role at the school, working as part of the sports management program on the academic side.

The move will reportedly become official at a news conference on Friday at 1 p.m., the University source said. The school is expected to name an interim athletic director while it searches for Barbour's replacement, an individual identified only as a male, a "former student-athlete" and a "prominent alum of the university."

Barbour has presided over the University of California Department of Intercollegiate Athletics since the fall of 2004. Her biggest hires have been in basketball, signing Mike Montgomery in the spring of 2008 to helm the men's program for six years, and hiring rising coaching star Lindsay Gottlieb to helm the women's program. Montgomery led the Bears to four NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT berths, winning one conference title, while Gottlieb has reached the NCAA Tournament in each of her three seasons, earned a conference title and has made one appearance at the NCAA Final Four.

She also signed Jeff Tedford to a lucrative extension in 2008 and hired current head football coach Sonny Dykes following Tedford's ouster at the end of the 2012 season.

Among other landmark moments of her tenure: Two rugby sevens titles in addition to six rugby national championships, three men's swimming and diving team national championships, two men's crew national championships, two men's water polo national titles, two women's crew national titles, three women's swimming and diving national championships, three Women's College World Series appearances by the softball team, and a 2011 Men's College World Series appearance by the baseball team.

That baseball team, along with men's rugby, men's and women's gymnastics and women's lacrosse were cut on Sept. 28, 2010 by Barbour and the administration, in hopes of cutting costs in the athletic department, which was attempting to reduce its reliance on university financial support. Over the course of the next nine months, all five teams were reinstated thanks to fundraising efforts which Barbour – by her own admission -- and the administration didn't believe was possible. But, Barbour has said, "I've never been more happy to be wrong in my life."

Barbour's biggest legacy is the renovation of California Memorial Stadium, for good or for ill. The $351 million endeavor, the much-needed seismic retrofit, the construction of the Simpson Center for Student-Athlete High Performance, the protests in the oak trees surrounding the stadium that delayed the project for 18 months, the attendant costs of that delay and the financing model for paying off the stadium, rightly or wrongly, will be laid at her feet.

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