Updated July 6, 2018
Vanessa Fuchs has a long history at Florida State University as a student-athlete and administrator and in May of 2012 she was promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator after serving as the department’s Associate Athletic Director for Compliance since 2010.
As a member of the department’s executive leadership team, Fuchs has direct oversight of Women’s Basketball, Indoor Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Sports Performance (Sports Medicine, Nutrition, Strength and Conditioning) and Student Services while also chairing the sport administrator group responsible for day-today administrative support for each of FSU’s 20 sports. In addition, Fuchs currently serves as co-chair of the athletics department Substance Abuse Program, co-director the Champions Auction (has raised over $500K for FSU’s women’s athletics programs), Title IX Deputy Coordinator for athletics, is a member of the university’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and serves on the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Women’s Basketball, Women’s Volleyball, Autonomy and SAAC Committees. In 2015, Fuchs was appointed to serve on the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Committee after completing a four-year term on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Athletic Compliance (NAAC). Fuchs was most recently appointed to serve on the FSU Varsity Club Board of Directors in May 2017. For the 2018-19 academic year, Fuchs will spearhead the planning efforts for a year-long celebration of FSU’s 50th Anniversary of Intercollegiate Women’s Athletics.
In June of 2015, Women Leaders In College Sports (formerly NACWAA) named Fuchs the DI Administrator of the Year. Florida State followed that recognition in October 2016 by honoring Fuchs with the Champions Beyond the Game Award (scholarship era), recognizing former FSU women athletes who have excelled in life after college sports.
In June of 2013, former Florida State President Dr. Eric Barron named Fuchs the school’s interim Athletics Director as she became the first female to lead the Seminoles’ Athletic Department. The former Seminole basketball player was one of just seven females leading an athletics department among the 124 schools that participated at the FBS level in 2012.
Since joining the athletics staff in 2010, Fuchs has focused her time on providing strategic direction for departmental initiatives focused on student-athlete welfare, enhancing athletic performance, gender equity, ethnic diversity and Title IX. Fuchs oversaw the facilities staff from 2012-2015 and during that time, the department’s 10-year Facilities Master Plan was completed. Fuchs was also instrumental in building a comprehensive NCAA rules education program, implementing a department-wide recruiting and compliance software system and establishing a 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.
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. Her father, Don, was a pole-vaulter at Florida State and her brother Joseph is also an FSU alumnus.