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Vanderbilt's Lee becomes 1st black woman AD in SEC

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Posted at 10:47 AM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 11:48:48-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt has removed the interim title, making Candice Storey Lee the first black woman to run a Southeastern Conference athletics program.

With Vanderbilt’s announcement Wednesday, Lee now is among only five women in charge of a Power Five program. Daniel Diermeier, who takes over as Vanderbilt’s chancellor on July 1, said Lee is the “living embodiment” of the university’s values and aspirations.

Lee took over as interim athletic director on Feb. 4 when Malcolm Turner resigned after one year on the job with the Commodores.