Feb. 1, 2018

Charlottesville, Va. – Virginia athletics director Carla Williams has added long-time University of Virginia administrator Nancy Rivers to her senior staff as senior associate athletics director and chief of staff. Facility management, game operations and human resources will report to Rivers, who started on Jan. 25.

Rivers has worked at the University for the past 29 years. For the past 12 years, she served as chief of staff for the president and associate vice president for administration.

“We are fortunate to have Nancy join the athletics staff,” Williams said. “Her institutional knowledge is invaluable and she is very highly regarded at UVA for her professionalism, her ability to unite people and to get things done.”

Prior to working in the president’s office, Rivers served as UVA’s director of state governmental relations and assistant vice president. She joined the University as an associate director for intramural-recreational sports in 1989, and previously served in the athletic and intramural sports administrations at Texas, Iowa and Fairfield.

Rivers graduated from Luther College in 1979 with academic honors and was later (1989) inducted into its athletic hall of fame for basketball and softball. Immediately following her collegiate career, she was selected as a fourth-round draft pick by the Iowa Cornets of the Women’s Professional Basketball League, the first professional women’s basketball league in the United States. She played for the Iowa Cornets and the Minnesota Fillies before pursuing a master’s degree from Iowa.