Florida State President Dr. Eric Barron named Vanessa Fuchs the school’s interim Athletics Director on June 5, 2013. Fuchs becomes the first female to lead the Seminoles’ Athletic Department. The former Seminole basketball player is one of just seven females leading an athletics department among the 124 schools that participated at the FBS level in 2012.
Fuchs was promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator in May of 2012 after serving as the department’s associate athletic director for compliance since 2010. She has direct oversight of women’s basketball, indoor volleyball and sand volleyball as well as FSU’s compliance and student services departments.
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 new team structure for the compliance office. All of which assisted the department in a successfully fulfilling its NCAA probationary period which concluded in March 2013.
Fuchs currently serves as the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for athletics, is a member of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Council Communication Subcommittee and serves on the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Basketball Committee.
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 letter winner 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.