Aug. 7, 2006
DAVIS, Calif. - Pam Gill-Fisher, UC Davis senior associate athletics director who has spent nearly 40 years on the campus as a standout student-athlete, highly successful coach, and as an accomplished faculty member and administrator, has announced she will resign from her current position in December and return to her faculty appointment on the campus.
Director of Athletics Greg Warzecka said a national search will be conducted this fall to fill Gill-Fisher's position. Gill-Fisher's resignation is effective December 31, bringing to a close 28 years of service in athletics administration.
Gill-Fisher, who also serves as the program's NCAA Senior Woman Administrator, is responsible for the compliance, student services, sports medicine programs and supervises eight sports for UC Davis, which is currently reclassifying from NCAA Division II to Division I status. UC Davis will join the Big West Conference in 2007-08. The Aggies currently sponsor 26 intercollegiate varsity sports and six times captured the esteemed Directors' Cup for Division II as the nation's most successful athletic program.
Gill-Fisher has been especially instrumental in the continued growth of women's athletics on campus, which were begun more than 50 years ago by her mentor and close friend, Dr. Marya Welch. UC Davis won eight NCAA Championships during its Division II era, including five by women's teams. Gill-Fisher helped capture one of those titles, serving as head coach for the Aggies' women's tennis team when it captured the 1990 national championship.
She has also helped lead UC Davis women's athletics to national recognition, including a pair of honors as the top Division II school for women athletes by Sports Illustrated for Women.
"It's impossible to measure the contributions Pam has made to the athletics program and to UC Davis," said Warzecka. "Very rarely can someone spend nearly every part of her educational and professional careers at one place and have the kind of lasting impact that she has had here. We will miss working with her but are happy she will still be a part of our campus community."
Gill-Fisher has received several honors for her outstanding service, including being named in 2001 as the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). In 1994 she was recognized as the District 8 Administrator of the Year by the same organization for which she served the 2003-04 academic year as president.
"I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked in the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics as a coach and administrator," said Gill-Fisher. "I have had tremendous support from many people on campus and in the community over the past 33 years as a coach and administrator and I want to sincerely thank them.
"I appreciate their commitment to me personally and professionally," she said. "It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with coaches, administrators, student-athletes and staff and to be a part of the success that has been achieved. I am looking forward to returning to teaching and contributing to the campus and community from a different perspective."
In 1994, she was named to the NCAA's Academic Requirements Committee, a group responsible for reviewing areas of the NCAA constitution and bylaws that relate to principles of sound academic requirements. In addition, she has served as chair of the UC Davis Academic Federation, which represents non-senate faculty members on campus.
Gill-Fisher is currently a member of the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee for the NCAA Office of Diversity and Inclusion. She has also served as a member of the NCAA Division II Management Council and the NCAA Competitive Safeguards Committee and has served on the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee. In addition, she has served on several professional, university and community committees.
Gill-Fisher earned her undergraduate degree in physical education and her graduate degree in sports psychology from UC Davis, before doing additional graduate work in sports administration at Penn State University. She also has a master's in counseling psychology from National University as well as a California Lifetime Teaching Credential from UC Davis.
During her time at UC Davis, Gill-Fisher has coached basketball, volleyball and, most recently, tennis. Besides directing the Aggies to the NCAA Division II National Championship in 1990, she had her team in the national semifinals in each of the next two seasons before giving up the coaching position in 1993.
Gill-Fisher is enshrined in the school's athletic hall of fame as a five-sport athlete. She excelled in basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis and field hockey from 1967-72.