Lisa Campos was named the Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University on March 30, 2012.
In her first year at NAU, Campos guided the Lumberjacks to the prestigious Presidents’ Cup as the NAU Athletics Department was recognized for their overall excellence in competition and in the classroom. The Lumberjacks finished first in overall athletic points and tied for second in overall academic performance as they became the fourth institution to win multiple Presidents’ Cups, winning their second Presidents’ Cup (first was 2005-06). NAU also claimed the 2013-14 Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Trophy; the first true sweep by an institution since 2000-01. The Lumberjacks captured five team championships, with an additional eight teams finishing in the top five.
The success on and off the field continues, and over the past two years, Campos saw her department capture 52 total conference championships. Most recently during the 2013-14, six teams – men’s cross country and men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field all captured Big Sky Championships while women’s swimming & diving won its first Western Athletic Conference Championships – and 19 student-athletes combined for 24 individual titles between cross country and track & field in the Big Sky and swimming & diving in the WAC. Beyond championships, the Lumberjacks produced 183 all-conference honorees and 13 student-athletes that combined for 18 All-American honors.
In the classroom, the Lumberjacks once again proved that academics is at the forefront of the student-athlete experience as NAU finished with a department-wide 3.125 cumulative GPA. Ten of 13 teams finished the 2012-13 academic year with a GPA of at least 3.00 led by the volleyball team, who recorded a 3.57 GPA, followed by swimming & diving at 3.50 and soccer at 3.42. Two student-athletes received CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District honors, one of which was named a CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-American First Team honoree. NAU had 139 total student-athletes earn All-Academic honors by the Big Sky and WAC. A total of 58 student-athletes earned their degrees during the 2013-14 academic year.
All 15 sponsored sports exceeded NCAA academic standards for the fifth consecutive year as the department posted an overall APR of 973. Nine squads carried multi-year totals above 960, while six teams accomplished perfect single-year scores of 1000 led by the women’s tennis and swimming & diving teams who received the APR Public Recognition Award from the NCAA for earning a perfect single-year APR each of the last four years.
Campos and the Lumberjacks continue to give back to the community as her student-athletes completed the most community service hours ever in department history. The Lumberjacks’ set a goal of 4,000 hours for the 2013-14 academic year – they eclipsed the mark with an instrumental 4,378 hours.
Campos made four coaching hires, changing the culture of NAU basketball with the hires of Jack Murphy from the University of Memphis to lead the Lumberjack men’s team and Sue Darling from the University of Arizona to head the women’s squad. In her second year, she hired two coaches away from Conference USA. Ken Murphy from the University of Texas-El Paso was named to guide the volleyball program, and, from Southern Mississippi, Ki Kroll was hired to lead the men’s tennis program.
Campos took over the leadership of the Lumberjack Athletics department after serving as the Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of Texas at El Paso since August of 2006.
With her hiring at NAU, Campos, 35, became one of 26 females and the youngest in the country to lead a Division I program, including 13 head athletic administrators at the Football Championship Subdivision level.
Campos served as the sport administrator for the Miner men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s basketball, and men’s and women’s track and field programs at UTEP. Campos also was the primary administrator for compliance, CHAMPS/Life Skills, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and cheerleading. She was the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as the liaison to the Intercollegiate Athletic Council, Office of Student Life, Miner Village, and the UTEP Police Department.
In her tenure at UTEP, she also had oversight of the women’s golf, rifle, and softball programs, served as championship director for numerous conference championships, and co-hosted a weekly television show, Miner Sports Weekly. Dr. Campos also assisted with athletic facility enhancements and co-directed the planning and design of the $2.6 million Helen of Troy Softball Complex, which opened in September 2005.
In 2006, Campos served as the NCAA liaison for the Self Study Report for NCAA Certification and continued to oversee all gender, minority equity, and student welfare strategic plans. She was responsible for Title IX staff education and staff diversity training. In 2005, she created the Athletics Diversity Graduate Assistantship Program and served on the UTEP Women’s Resource Advisory Board.
She was promoted to the Senior Associate position after serving as the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator since August of 2003. She also served two years as the Assistant Dean of Students within the UTEP Division of Student Affairs.
Dr. Campos had the opportunity to serve on a number of NCAA Committees, including the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet, the NCAA Rifle Committee, and chaired the NCAA Women’s Soccer Committee.
She was a member of the Conference USA Joint Group and served on the Senior Woman Administrator administrative group. In 2005-2006, when UTEP joined Conference USA, she served on the Conference USA Strategic Planning Committee and assisted in the development of the realigned Conference USA’s vision, core values, mission, and strategic objectives. She also represented UTEP on conference committees, including the budget subcommittee, legislative committee, championships selection committee, and various sport committees.
Dr. Campos previously served as the Assistant Dean of Students at UTEP from 2001-03. Campos coordinated and administered the university’s student discipline system, interpreted the University of Texas System Regents’ Rules and Regulations governing the student academic honesty and conduct code, and provided information to the university community on discipline policies, rules, regulations, and procedures. She served as a mentor to an undergraduate student participating in the NASPA Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program and served on a variety of campus committees including the UTEP President’s Advisory Committee on Women, Student Affairs Staff Development Committee, Faculty Senate Student Conduct Committee, and the University Health Awareness Committee.
In the community, Campos was a member of the Girl Scouts of the Rio Grande board and the Junior League of El Paso.
Dr. Campos holds a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Texas at El Paso. She graduated from Colorado State University where she earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration and a master’s of science degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education.
Campos is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA), National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) and Flagstaff Leadership Program.
A native of Las Animas, Colo., Campos is married to Darren D’Attilio. They live in Flagstaff with their son, Christopher.