Tuesday, January 22, 2019

UTSA Year in Review, No. 9: UTSA names Lisa Campos Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director

UTSA Year in Review, No. 9: UTSA names Lisa Campos Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director

As current AD at Northern Arizona, Lisa Campos has a strong record of success and Texas ties.

Editor’s note: UTSA students, faculty, staff and alumni are building a legacy of excellence locally, across the nation and around the world. They’re tackling society’s grand challenges and making impactful contributions through research, innovation and engagement.

To celebrate Roadrunner Nation’s biggest accomplishments, UTSA Today is looking back at the top news stories of 2017. Here’s number nine.

(Dec. 22, 2017) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) President Taylor Eighmy today announced the selection of Lisa Campos, current Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University (NAU), as UTSA Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics and Athletics Director.

“As we shape UTSA into an exemplary urban serving discovery enterprise, it is crucial that our athletic program has a leader who knows how to harness and build on the energy that collegiate athletics brings to San Antonio,” said Eighmy. “Lisa Campos is that leader. By all measures, she is a true rising star and her energy, enthusiasm, vision and acumen are exactly what we need to build on our excellent foundations in athletics and move the program downfield.”

Eighmy cited Campos’ strategic approach to continuous improvement at NAU, including creatively using all available resources to increase ticket sales, donations and sponsorships, as a key factor in her selection.

Campos has led the NAU Lumberjacks’ athletic department since 2012. During her time in Flagstaff, NAU captured 32 Big Sky and Western Athletic Conference championships and nine teams advanced to NCAA postseason competition, including the first NCAA Division I Championship in school history by the men’s cross country team in 2016.

Under her leadership, the Lumberjacks collected two Big Sky Conference Presidents’ Cup trophies for overall excellence in competition and in the classroom. The Lumberjacks’ athletic achievements led to the men’s programs winning the Big Sky All-Sports Trophy four consecutive times from 2014-17. The women’s teams captured the trophy in 2014 and 2017.

In the 2016-17 academic year, NAU won eight conference championships and swept the Big Sky All-Sports Trophies for the second time under Campos’ guidance.

When Campos was named Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at NAU, she became one of 26 females and the youngest in the country to lead a Division I program at the time of her hire. She currently sits on the prestigious NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, a subcommittee of the new governance model. 

“My family and I are so excited to join the Roadrunner family and the San Antonio community. UTSA is a remarkable institution and I look forward to working with President Eighmy,” said Campos. “As a Hispanic, first-generation college graduate, I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at an institution that aligns with my values. I look forward to serving the student-athletes, coaches and staff as we work together to continue building UTSA Athletics.”

UTSA competes in 17 sports at the NCAA Division I level as a member of Conference USA.

“President Eighmy and UTSA have made an exceptional hire in Dr. Lisa Campos. She is truly one of the rising stars in college athletics,” said Conference USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod.  “As she focuses on the student-athlete experience and how it aligns with UTSA’s mission, Lisa’s positive impact will be beneficial not only for athletics, but for the entire university and the San Antonio community.  We couldn’t be happier for Lisa, her family and UTSA, and we’re excited to welcome her back to Conference USA.”

Prior to her time at NAU, Campos served as Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Texas at El Paso from 2006-12. During her nine years at UTEP, she cultivated several significant gifts to the program and oversaw a multi-million dollar budget, among her many responsibilities.

Campos earned both her bachelor’s degree in business administration and her master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State. She holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from UTEP. 

She and her husband, Darren D’Attilio, have a three-year-old son, Christopher.

In September, UTSA launched a search for a new Athletics Director to take UTSA to new levels of excellence, with proven experience cultivating outstanding student athletes, coaches and administrative staff. The university retained Collegiate Sports Associates, a prominent sports consulting firm, to conduct an extensive national search for candidates and President Eighmy appointed a committee comprised of university and community leaders to recommend finalists for the position. Eighmy made the selection of Campos after interviewing those candidates. 

Members of the search committee included:

  • Sam Gonzales, UTSA Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Athletic Director (chair)
  • Sheryl Sculley, City Manager, City of San Antonio
  • Gene H. Dawson, Jr., President of Pape-Dawson Engineers and President of the UTSA Roadrunner Athletics Foundation
  • Martin Salinas, Chief Financial Officer of Energy Transfer Partners and UTSA Alumnus, Class of 2014
  • Pat Frost, President of Frost Bank & Group Executive Vice President of Frost Wealth Advisors, and chair of the local organizing committee for the NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2004, 2008 and 2018 and chair of the Alamo Bowl in 2003 and 2013
  • Mike Ciskowski, Executive Vice President and CFO of Valero Energy Corporation and member of the Board of Directors of the Valero Alamo Bowl
  • Marjie French, UTSA Vice President for External Relations
  • Kathy Funk-Baxter, UTSA Vice President for Business Affairs
  • Albert Carrisalez, UTSA Assistant Vice President for Governmental Relations
  • Gregg Michel, Associate Professor, UTSA Department of History and faculty athletics representative 
  • Marcus Thomas, UTSA Student Government Association President and student representative.

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