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2022 Sports Business Awards: Athletic Director of the Year – Sports Business Journal

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Lisa Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio

In her fourth year as athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lisa Campos helped produce the biggest fundraising year in the school’s history. She also oversaw the development and opening of the $40.8 million, 94,700-square-foot Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence.

Amid the latest round of conference realignment last October, she directed the university’s move from Conference USA to the higher-profile American Athletic Conference.

The Roadrunners had their best football season ever in 2021, going 12-2, and Campos extended coach Jeff Traylor’s contract to 2031 with a $2.8 million annual salary (higher than nearly every coach in UTSA’s new conference).

UTSA served as the host school for the 2021 Women’s NCAA Basketball Final Four and will do so again in 2025 for the men’s edition. Campos, who was a member of the SBJ Forty Under 40 Class of 2017, sits on the NCAA Division I Council, served as the chair for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Oversight Committee and is on the board of the Lead1 Association.

Her busy year was capped off when she received her own personal contract extension through 2026.

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Sean Frazier, Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois’ “magical journey,” as Sean Frazier described it, to the Mid-American Conference football championship was the kind of turnaround project that even he couldn’t envision a year ago. The Huskies were 0-6 during the COVID-19 season in 2020, which set the stage for the worst-to-first season in 2021 under new coach Thomas Hammock, an NIU alum and a Frazier hire.

 

In his nine years at NIU, Frazier has been a part of football championships before, but nothing quite like this rise from the ashes. But then again, NIU under Frazier’s leadership continues to set the pace in ways that aren’t expected from one of the lower budget athletic departments in FBS. Frazier has driven annual growth in fundraising, heightened expectations for academic and athletic success, and used his platform to emphasize NIU’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Frazier has established himself as a national leader for recruiting, retaining and promoting women, people of color and those in the LGBTQ+ community, which led to his 2021 recognition as an SBJ Leader in Diversity and Inclusive Hiring. He also led a DEI working group for Lead1, the association for FBS athletic directors, which further cemented his voice of influence on the subject.

 

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Sandy Barbour, Penn State

To no one’s surprise, Sandy Barbour announced her retirement in March by talking about the Nittany Lions’ athletes, the community around Happy Valley and the many relationships she’s made after 40-plus years as a leader in college athletics.

Even when the spotlight was squarely on Barbour, she was thinking about others. It’s what her peers have come to expect from the former captain for the field hockey team as a student at Wake Forest.

Her leadership was never more evident than in the past year as Barbour guided Penn State through the unpredictable winds of name, image and likeness, while nationally chairing the NCAA’…….

Source: https://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/Journal/Issues/2022/05/16/Sports-Business-Awards/Athletic-Director.aspx

Courtesy of University of Texas at San Antonio

Lisa Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio

In her fourth year as athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lisa Campos helped produce the biggest fundraising year in the school’s history. She also oversaw the development and opening of the $40.8 million, 94,700-square-foot Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence.

Amid the latest round of conference realignment last October, she directed the university’s move from Conference USA to the higher-profile American Athletic Conference.

The Roadrunners had their best football season ever in 2021, going 12-2, and Campos exte…….

Courtesy of University of Texas at San Antonio

Lisa Campos, University of Texas at San Antonio

In her fourth year as athletic director at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Lisa Campos helped produce the biggest fundraising year in the school’s history. She also oversaw the development and opening of the $40.8 million, 94,700-square-foot Roadrunner Athletics Center of Excellence.

Amid the latest round of conference realignment last October, she directed the university’s move from Conference USA to the higher-profile American Athletic Conference.

The Roadrunners had their best football season ever in 2021, going 12-2, and Campos exte…….

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