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NAU Athletics Director Lisa Campos named to SportsBusiness Journal’s Forty Under 40

V.P. for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos
V.P. for Intercollegiate Athletics Dr. Lisa Campos

Lisa Campos, vice president for intercollegiate athletics at Northern Arizona University, was named to SportsBusiness Journal's Forty Under 40 list.

The list recognizes sports executives for innovation and excellence in their careers and includes executives from professional sports teams, sports marketing and management organizations and international corporations in addition to intercollegiate athletics executives.

"I am honored and humbled to receive this recognition and to be among the other recipients," said Campos, who made the list for the first time. "I am fortunate to work for NAU President Rita Cheng, who is tremendously supportive of me and the goals of the athletics department. It takes working with a very talented staff and group of coaches to receive this type of honor."

Campos has been at NAU for five years. During her tenure, the Lumberjacks won back to back Big Sky Conferences Presidents' Cup trophies, which recognizes the department's overall excellence in competition and in the classroom. Most recently, the men's cross country team won the NCAA national championship, following that up with being recognized as Scholar Team of the Year from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.

NAU has captured 26 team conference championships since Campos' arrival, with the men's program winning the Big Sky All-Sports Trophy the last three years and the women's team earning it in 2014, winning runner-up honors in 2015 and 2016. NAU student-athletes also are recognized for their performance in the classroom, finishing the 2015-2016 year with a 3.12 cumulative GPA overall. They also serve the community, logging 5,428 service hours last year.

Campos sits on the NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee and the Board of Directors at National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and the local board of United Way of Arizona. At the time of her hiring, she was one of only 26 women in athletics director positions and the youngest in the country to lead a Division I program.                 

"Dr. Campos' success in raising the profile of North Arizona University athletics is impressive," said Abraham Madkour, executive director of SportsBusiness Journal. "Her leadership is evident in the forging of the university's relationship with Fox Sports to improving NAU facilities to cultivating a more engaged relationship with alumni and the community.  She is an accessible leader for athletes, students and staff, and clearly on an upward trajectory in her career."

Campos and the other recipients will be featured in the April edition of the SportsBusiness Journal. She will receive the award at an April 20 ceremony in Dana Point, California.