Fresno Pacific announced Leslie Schuemann as its new athletic director Monday, staying in-house to name the next person in charge of completing the transition to the NCAA Division II level.
Schuemann, the first female athletic director in school history, replaces Fresno Athletic Hall of Famer Dennis Janzen, who in August returned to the classroom.
Schuemann has been senior associate athletic director since July 2012.
"Over the last several months Leslie Schuemann has provided stable leadership to the department of athletics in a time of transition and significant change," university President Pete Menjares said in a news release.
"I have come to deeply appreciate Leslie's leadership abilities, personal and professional values, and commitment to care for the coaches, staff, and student-athletes that make up this great department. I am truly grateful for her leadership."
Fresno Pacific fields 16 intercollegiate teams that have won 13 team national titles, 50 conference championships and produced more than 500 NAIA All-Americans and national scholar athletes. The Sunbirds began a three-year NCAA transition in 2012.
"I believe we can continue our history of excellence in athletics and increase our commitment to doing everything the right way," Schuemann said. "Integrity, service, excellence and strong relationships will be the cornerstones on which we will grow the department."
Schuemann previously spent five years at the NCAA's national office as assistant director of academic and membership affairs. She spent eight years at NCAA Division II Texas A&M Kingsville, five as assistant athletic director for compliance and senior woman administrator and the previous three as an academic adviser.
She holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Texas A&M Kingsville.
"I want our student-athletes to excel in the classroom, on the playing field and in the community so that when they graduate they are fully equipped to become leaders and role models."
During her time at Fresno Pacific, Schuemann has overseen facility upgrades, ushered in new strategies in fund-raising and media communications and led initiatives that led to nearly 2,500 hours of local community service by Sunbird student-athletes, according to the school.
Her hire was applauded by Fresno Pacific coaches, who took to Twitter to spread the news.
"Great new boss named today. Leslie inspires and motivates me daily. Can't wait for the journey to begin," volleyball coach Kelly Winter tweeted.
"Congrats to @LeslieSchu for being named AD today. Very well deserved to say the least! #TeamFpu," men's basketball coach Chris Wright said.
Schuermann is the only female athletic director in the Pacific West Conference.
"I believe, as do many others on campus and around the country, that Leslie brings tremendous leadership gifts to this position," Menjares said. "She adds value not just to our department of athletics but to the entire university and is the perfect candidate to lead us into the NCAA. The future is very bright for Sunbird Athletics."