Administrator joins Buckeye staff after five years at Colgate
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Miechelle Willis has more than 26 years of experience as an intercollegiate athletics administrator, including the last 19 as a member of The Ohio State University Department of Athletics.
As an Executive Associate AD, Willis oversees the areas of Student Services and Sports Administration as well as oversight of 35 varsity sports, including women's basketball. She also is responsible for the oversight of the administrative and operational activities for sports performance, athletic and strategic communications and human resources and is the athletics liaison to the office of Student-Athlete Support Services (SASSO).
Willis also is a member of the Department of Athletics' executive leadership team, an assignment that allows her leadership, input and guidance to be an invaluable asset for a department comprised of more than 320 employees, 1,000 student-athletes and an operation budget in excess of $135 million.
She has overseen or been a part of the hiring of numerous national-level head coaches, including Jim Foster, who guided the women's basketball team to six consecutive Big Ten championships during his tenure, newly hired women's basketball coach Kevin McGuff, men's basketball coach Thad Matta, 2009 National Wrestling Coach of the Year Tom Ryan and Ty Tucker, who has guided the men's tennis team to seven Big Ten titles in the past eight years, including 13 consecutive NCAA berths.
Willis also has played an integral role in bringing top-notch facilities to Ohio State, serving as departmental representative on the project team responsible for a $140 million recreational center, which includes a $23 million competition natatorium. She also provided oversight and guidance for the $30 million basketball locker room and practice facility renovation and expansion project, which was completed in 2013.
Tireless, efficient and focused, Willis serves as the Senior Woman Administrator to the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference and has served on numerous national, conference and campus committees. She has served four years on the Division I Management Council and currently serves on the NCAA Division I Recruiting and Athletics Personnel Issues Cabinet, as well as the Big Ten Legislative Review Committee. Willis also represented the athletics department on the project planning team for the University's new 500,000 square foot Physical Activities/Recreation/Aquatic Center construction project.
Prior to joining the Ohio State staff, Willis spent seven years at Temple University, during which time the North Philadelphia school was seeking membership in the BIG EAST Conference. She served as the primary administrator for 11 women's varsity sports at Temple and held department-wide responsibilities in the areas of compliance, personnel, student-athlete services, drug and alcohol education and testing.
Willis holds membership in the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA), as well as the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).
Willis is a 1976 graduate of Grambling State University, where she was a standout track and field student-athlete. She also has her master's from Grambling (1978) and she was pursuing Ph.D. level courses while at Temple.