There's no need to look very far when you're looking for an up-and-coming influential leader in college athletics. For Dr. Lisa Campos, her arrival at Northern Arizona University in the spring of 2012 was the spark Lumberjack Country needed.
When Campos was hired, she mentioned that, "Getting to know the alumni, boosters and Flagstaff community will be one of the benefits of this position. Their ongoing support will play a major role in the success of the overall program."
Not only has Campos made an imprint on the Flagstaff community by sitting on the board for the local United Way of Northern Arizona, but the NCAA as a whole. Campos currently sits on the prestigious NCAA Division I Football Oversight Committee, a subcommittee of the new governance model, and in 2014 she was elected to the National Association of Collegiate Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Board of Directors.
At the time of her hire at NAU, Campos 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.
No. 4 on NAU's Core Athletic Goals is to "provide NAU fans, alumni and supporters a place to unite and connect to the institution and celebrate NAU."
Her "give it all you have" attitude has been a mainstay since she came to Flagstaff, and in November 2016, she was in attendance to watch the Northern Arizona men's cross country team win the NCAA National Championship - the first crown in school history.
NAU's excellence in the classroom and on the competition field has led to a pair of Big Sky Presidents' Cups for Campos, as well as 26 team conference crowns. NAU student-athletes continue to volunteer in the community, and in 2016 the Lumberjacks tallied 5,428 hours.
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 also a member of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) and Flagstaff Leadership Program.
Campos' dedication to NAU and the Flagstaff community landed her on the "Flagstaff's 20 Under 40" list. The award which is presented by The Arizona Daily Sun and Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, honors local business and professional leaders who have achieved success and excelled in their field before the age of 40.
"I am very honored to have been selected for this award and humbled to be among the other recipients who represent the strength of this community," said Campos. "I greatly appreciate the NAU athletics staff and coaches who contributed to this award. I am also thankful to The Arizona Daily Sun, Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce, and Twin Arrows who support and sponsor this award."