Pac-12 Hires Veteran Collegiate Athletics Administrator Lisa Peterson as Senior Associate Commissioner of Sports Management

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SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 announced Thursday that the Oregon Deputy Athletic Director and Senior Administrator for Women Lisa Peterson has been named Conference Senior Associate Commissioner for Sport Management. Peterson, who will report to the Deputy Commissioner teresa gould and will begin his duties with the Pac-12 on October 17, will be part of the Pac-12 Leadership Team and will be responsible for the comprehensive management and oversight of the league’s 21 Olympic sports.

“We are delighted to be able to add someone of Lisa’s caliber to the Conference staff,” said Gould. “Not only did we hire a veteran administrator with all the credentials we were seeking for this position, but we also added a valued and beloved member of the Pac-12 family to our team. His extensive experience will be a great asset as the Conference continues to elevate its membership service across all sports and championships.”

“I am very grateful to Teresa Gould and Jorge Kliavkoff for the opportunity to work for a conference with a mission that aligns with my values,” said Peterson. “This is an incredible opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, and I am very excited to work closely with so many wonderful people and contribute to the continued success of the Pac-12. I am also extremely grateful for my time at the University of Oregon and working for nearly three decades with Robert Mullensa tremendous leader and person whom I greatly admire and respect.”

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Peterson joins the Conference after 11 years on the Senior Leadership Team in Oregon, which included overseeing various sports including women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, beach volleyball, women’s volleyball and stunt and tumbling, as well as the athletic medicine, information technology, and student-athlete development administrative units.

Peterson was a member of the Pac-12 Council, the governing body charged with creating policies and procedures for the league’s 21 Olympic sports and women’s basketball. She served on the Pac-12 ImPACt Leadership Council, the social outreach initiative for the conference, and was a member of the Pac-12 Diversity Mentoring Program Leadership Team for women’s volleyball.

Peterson has also served on numerous national committees, including as chair of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Legislative Task Force, a group that adopted new policies supporting national team athletes in January 2020. The current Vice President of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, previously served on the Division I Volleyball Committee from 2014-18 and chaired the group the past two years.

Peterson was on the UO Athletics Community and Inclusion Committee, was the primary liaison with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and was one of the leaders in all of the educational programs and conversations within the department and with student-athletes on the subject of social justice. She also served as Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Oregon Athletics.

Last August, Peterson was honored by Sports business magazine as part of its Game Changers Class of 2021, which recognized 50 women in sports for their leadership, innovation and industry-wide impact.

Prior to joining the Ducks, Peterson spent nearly nine years in Kentucky, serving as senior associate athletic director for internal operations for one year, associate athletic director for finance for four years and associate athletic director for business for three years. She also served as a senior administrator her last five years at Lexington.

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Prior to her time in the UK, Peterson worked in Maryland for six years, ending her tenure as deputy athletic director for business and finance. She was in Miami (FL) as the Assistant Athletic Business Manager from 1995 to 1996.

A 1994 graduate of St. John’s with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Peterson earned her master’s degree in business administration in 1998.