Vanderbilt names Candice Storey Lee permanent athletic director
Candice Storey Lee is no longer Vanderbilt’s interim athletic director. She’s been named the school’s permanent AD.
The school announced the news on Thursday.
Lee has served in the role in an interim basis since February. She’s a three-time Vanderbilt graduate and worked closely under the school’s former, long-time AD David Williams.
Her promotion into the full-time role in Nashville makes history as Lee is the first female athletic director in Vanderbilt history and the first African American woman to be named AD in Southeastern Conference history.
“Candice is perfectly positioned to lead our athletics program to new heights of success on and off the field of play. She has the drive, creativity, and perseverance to help elevate our student-athletes, and the entire Vanderbilt Athletics program,” said Incoming Chancellor Daniel Diermeier in a released statement. “The progress that Vanderbilt Athletics has achieved in recent years, and our very high aspirations for the future, are grounded in the university’s commitment both to academic excellence and to preparing our student-athletes to play and win in one of the most, if not the most, competitive conferences in the country. Candice is the living embodiment of these values and aspirations.”
Lee was a four-year letter winner on Vanderbilt’s women’s basketball team and earned her undergraduate degree in 2000, her master’s degree in counseling from Vanderbilt in 2002 and a doctorate of higher education administration in 2012.