May 7, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Director of Athletics Randy Spetman announced today the hiring of Dr. Allison Rich as Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator. Rich, a Chicago, Illinois, native earned her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1995 and her doctorate in educational administration from Pacific in 2002. She brings with her vast intercollegiate athletics experience having worked as a Membership Services Representative at the NCAA and in athletic administration at both the University of Pacific and Cal State Fullerton. Dr. Rich will assume her position at Florida State by mid-June.
“Allison’s diverse knowledge in college athletics and her background in law will be a great benefit to our athletics department,” Spetman said. “She possesses a passion for this profession and a strong work ethic, which will be valuable in helping us continue to achieve excellence as an athletics program.”
Dr. Rich began her duties as Senior Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator at Cal State Fullerton in January 2005 and was elevated to Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA in January 2009. In her role with the department, Dr. Rich supervised and coordinated the daily administrative operations of the Titan athletics department. Some of her other responsibilities included the department’s budget, policies, strategic planning, legal issues, judicial affairs, hiring and personnel development.
Dr. Rich chaired the Athletics Equity Committee at Fullerton and maintained oversight of the athletic program’s business affairs, personnel, compliance, facilities, tickets, equipment, sports medicine and strength and conditioning. Active across campus, Dr. Rich served on several committees including the Student Affairs Executive Committee, University Risk Management and the NCAA Certification Steering Committee.
From 1998 to 2005, Dr. Rich was the Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Affairs at the University of Pacific. She spent two years as a Membership Services Representative for the NCAA where she drafted legislation and other NCAA publications, worked with committees such as satisfactory progress and financial aid, and spoke to various groups around the country including various sport conferences and national associations.
She is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWA), the Sports Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She is a 1991 graduate of Princeton University. In 2008-09, she graduated from the Sports Management Institute (SMI) Executive Program.