(updated September 2020)
Vanessa Fuchs has a long history at Florida State University as a student-athlete and administrator. In May of 2012 she was promoted to the role of Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator after serving as the department’s Associate Athletics Director for Compliance since 2010.
As a member of the department’s executive leadership team, Fuchs has direct oversight of men’s basketball and indoor volleyball as well as the athletics performance areas (sports medicine, nutrition, strength and conditioning) and student-athlete development. She also is the chair the sport administrator group responsible for day-to-day administrative support for each of FSU’s 20 sports. In addition, Fuchs serves on numerous boards and committees with the FSU community, the NCAA and the ACC.
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.
Fuchs was named the 2015 Women Leaders In College Sports Division I Administrator of the Year and an FSU Champion Beyond the Game honoree in 2016.
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, fundraising, gender equity, and diversity and inclusion.
Prior to arriving at Florida State, Fuchs committed seven years to the NCAA in Indianapolis, Indiana. She got her start as a Championships Intern with the ACC in 2001. The Pompano Beach, Florida, 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 and finished her career as a four-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 in sport administration from the University of North Carolina. Her father, Don, was a pole vaulter at Florida State and her brother Joseph is also an FSU alumnus.