March 29, 2013
FRESNO, Calif. --- As one of the nation's leading behind-the-scenes administrators, Betsy Mosher impacted the lives of thousands of student-athletes, coaches and staff, but now she is looking forward to the next chapter of her life - retirement.
Mosher, who came to Fresno State in 2005 as one of Director of Athletics Thomas Boeh's first hires, was charged with preserving the program's integrity as the department's Senior Woman Administrator and Senior Associate Athletics Director. She was promoted to Deputy Director of Athletics in July 2011.
"Betsy Mosher is simply one of the very best administrators in all of Division I athletics," Boeh said. "Betsy's extraordinary leadership, guided by her substantial professional experience, keen insight and diligence, has been a key component to the comprehensive transformation of the Fresno State Department of Athletics."
During her tenure at Fresno State, Mosher, who is officially stepping down Friday, helped guide the Bulldogs to significant improvements in the department's Academic Progress Rate, equity in participation and financial aid and student-athlete welfare initiatives. Mosher has established herself as a national leader in fostering an elite and equitable student-athlete experience.
She was honored in 2012 by the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators as the Football Subdivision Administrator of the Year. The Administrator of the Year Award, sponsored by Jostens, is presented annually to NACWAA members for significant contributions made as athletics administrators.
With an extensive background that includes prominent leadership positions at three NCAA Division I institutions as well as with the Big Ten Office and the NCAA, Mosher's duties at Fresno State included the supervision of athletics programs as well as oversight of the department's NCAA and Mountain West Conference compliance programs, student-athlete services, the athletic training and the strength and conditioning departments.
Prior to her move into administration, Mosher was the head women's basketball and softball coach at California State (Pa.) from 1980-85 and began her collegiate athletics career as the women's basketball coach at Wisconsin-Whitewater (1977-79).
Receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Illinois State in 1972, a Master of Arts degree in Physical Education from Northern Colorado in 1976, and a Director's Degree from Indiana University (1986), Mosher also was selected to attend the NACWAA Institute for Athletics Executive in the summer of 2002.
"In short, Betsy has led thousands of student-athletes and colleagues at several institutions throughout her colorful and prodigious career," Boeh said.
Steve Robertello, who was hired by Boeh in December to become Fresno State's Associate Athletics Director for Intercollegiate Services, has assumed most of Mosher's oversight and sport supervision.