Carla Wilson was named director of athletics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the first woman to hold the post at the university and is the only woman athletics director in the Western Athletic Conference. Less than 9 percent of all athletics directors in the NCAA’s Division I are women and only 4 percent are women of color.
Wilson has been on the staff of the university’s athletics department for the past 16 years and has served as interim athletics director since July. Before joining the athletics department, she was a budget specialist in the office of administrative affairs and was a senior accountant in the accounting department. Wilson holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the university.