Former Vice Provost David Williams has passed away

Former Vice Provost David Williams has passed away

It is with great sadness and profound regret that the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has learned that David Williams II, a beloved former vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion at The Ohio State University, passed away suddenly on Friday, February 8, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.

A brilliant thinker and champion of students throughout his trailblazing career, David is remembered fondly as an unparalleled leader and role model during his 14 years on The Ohio State University campus. After leaving Ohio State, he went on to become the first African American athletics director in the Southeastern Conference at Vanderbilt.

The son of a Tuskegee Airmen and a Detroit public school teacher, David helped reshape and guide Office of Diversity and Inclusion (formerly the Office of Minority Affairs) during the early 1990s, pushing for social change at Ohio State and throughout the country. Our deepest sympathies extend to his wife, Gail, and the entire Williams family as they grieve the loss of their father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the rest of the Buckeye nation join those in the Vanderbilt community in saluting David as a revered leader in higher education and will strive every day to honor the rich legacy he leaves behind.