May 8, 2012
Tallahassee, FL – Florida State Athletic Director Randy Spetman announced on Tuesday the promotion of Vanessa Fuchs to the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator. Fuchs has served as the department’s associate athletic director for compliance since 2010.
“We are excited to have Vanessa move into a new role on our senior staff,” said Spetman. “Since she came to our department Vanessa has been an invaluable resource in our compliance office. With her vast background during her time with the NCAA, she is a perfect fit for what we were looking for in our new SWA.”
Since joining the athletics staff in 2010, Fuchs has focused her time on building a comprehensive rules education program, implementing a department-wide recruiting and compliance software system and establishing a new team structure for the compliance office.
Prior to arriving at Florida State, Fuchs committed seven years to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 2007, her extensive knowledge of NCAA legislation, interpretations and the NCAA’s governance process earned her a promotion to Associate Director of Academic and Membership Affairs (AMA).
Fuchs remained rooted in AMA throughout her tenure with the NCAA. Fuchs was primarily responsible for supervising the functions of the Legislative Relief Waiver team and contributed heavily to issuing interpretations, serving as a staff liaison to NCAA governance committees and leading project teams for the association.
Before embarking on her career with the NCAA, Fuchs got her start working for the Atlantic Coast Conference as a Championships Intern in 2001. The Pompano Beach, Fla., native was a four-year letterwinner for the Seminoles’ women’s basketball team from 1997-2001. She was the team co-captain in her senior year. Fuchs finished her career as a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection.
Fuchs graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications at Florida State University and earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in sport administration. She will oversee the compliance and academic departments in her new role.