Pac-12 hires veteran college athletics administrator Lisa Peterson as senior assistant commissioner for athletics management

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 announced Thursday that Oregon State’s associate athletic director and senior women’s administrator Lisa Peterson was appointed Senior Assistant Conference Commissioner for Sports Management. Peterson, who will report to the Deputy Commissioner Teresa Gould and will begin his Pac-12 duties on Oct. 17, serving on the Pac-12 leadership team and responsible for the comprehensive management and oversight of the league’s 21 Olympic sports.

“We are thrilled to be able to add someone of Lisa’s caliber to the Conference staff,” Gould said. “Not only have we hired an experienced administrator with all the credentials we were looking for in this position, we have also added a valued and beloved member of the Pac-12 family to our team. Her extensive experience will be a huge asset as the Conference continues to improve its services to members across all sports and championships.”

“I am very grateful to Teresa Gould and Georgy Klyavkov for the chance to work at a conference with a mission that aligns with my values,” Peterson said. “This is an incredible opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, and I am very excited to work closely with many great 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 for working with him for nearly three decades. Rob Mullensa great leader and someone I admire and respect very much.”

Peterson joins the Conference after 11 years on the senior management team at Oregon, which included overseeing a number of sports, including women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s soccer, softball, beach volleyball, women’s volleyball, acrobatics and acrobatics, in addition to the administrative units of sports medicine, information technologies and development of student-athletes.

Peterson served as a member of the Pac-12 Council, the governing body charged with developing policies and procedures for the league’s 21 Olympic sports and women’s basketball. She served on the Pac-12 ImPACt Leadership Council, a social initiative for the conference, and was a member of the leadership team for the Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Mentoring Program.

Peterson has also served on numerous national committees, including as chair of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Legislative Caucus, the group that adopted the new National Team Athlete Support Policy in January 2020. The current vice chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee, she previously served on the Division I Volleyball Committee from 2014 to 2018 and chaired the group for the past two years.

Peterson served on the UO Athletics Community and Inclusion Committee, was the primary liaison to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and co-led all educational programs and conversations within the department and with student-athletes on social justice. She also served as the Associate Title IX Coordinator for Oregon State Athletics.

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

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

Prior to her time at UK, Peterson spent six years at Maryland, ending her tenure as the assistant athletic director for business and finance. From 1995 to 1996, she worked in Miami (Florida) as an assistant sports business manager.

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

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