Gloria Nevarez joined the Sooner administrative staff in August of 2007. She came to Norman after spending five-plus years at the West Coast Conference.
Her responsibilities at OU are wide ranging and include sport administration duties as well as other administrative responsibilities. In her first year on the staff, she was responsible for putting the pieces in place for the development of the Sooner women's rowing program, OU's newest sport that began competition with the start of the 2008-09 academic year. She will serve as the sport administrator for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, soccer, men's and women's track and field, softball and women's rowing.
She serves the department as the senior woman administrator and oversees the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the department's Staff Council, Title IX compliance and the Sooner Stilettos. She has taken the lead role in energizing the department's green team efforts and is the administrative liaison for strength and conditioning, marketing and human resources.
She joined the WCC staff in January 2002 and her primary emphasis was to direct the conference's compliance efforts. In that role, she was involved in education efforts at each of the member schools as well as in the league office. She assisted the schools with their individual certification efforts, violations, waivers and rule interpretations.
She created a consistent procedure that recorded and shared interpretations across the conference and its member schools. She also created a database to track interpretations and provide consistent responses to the schools. She was responsible for gathering and sharing the comments of the conference's athletics directors, SWAs and faculty athletics representatives on legislative and governance issues and processed the conference's votes on NCAA legislation.
She streamlined processes for the conference's SWAs, creating consent dockets for that group on operational matters, then presenting the same to the ADs and FARs. This approach allowed the three governing groups to focus more time on policy matters. She worked with conference office staff to bring an integrated computer system to the work place and helped streamline the payment system for conference officials. During her tenure, she oversaw the scheduling for all conference round-robin sports.
Involved with championship administration for the conference, she served as an NCAA Championship on-site representative for championships in soccer and men's and women's tennis that were held within the region.
The student-athletes of the WCC were also a major emphasis of her job. She oversaw the Student-Athlete Advisory Committees and was in charge of administering the disbursement of Special Assistance and Student-Athlete Opportunity funds to the member schools.
Prior to the WCC, Nevarez was at the University of California where she served in multiple roles. She was the lone compliance officer and served as an executive officer for the department and its 29 intercollegiate athletics teams. She conducted NCAA and Pac-10 rules education workshops for student-athletes, coaches and department staff on an annual basis.
She also was involved with legal matters that involved the department, including lawsuits, serving as the department's campus liaison in those matters. She was responsible for processing all departmental contracts, including game contracts, and served as the department's campus contact for all athletic related contracts.
Her efforts went beyond the legal realm as she was co-coordinator of the team that conceived and ran the first Cy-Bear auction, the first time a collegiate entity had partnered with an online group to host an online auction. The group worked with Yahoo! to build the structure to host the auction and manage fulfillment as she coordinated the team of volunteers who worked to build and run the auction site. A kickoff gala, organized by Nevarez, accompanied the auction and raised more than $180,000.
Nevarez began her athletics administrative career at San Jose State University where she was the first full-time Director of Compliance in school history. She developed and implemented an NCAA compliance program that included all aspects of NCAA compliance at the Division I level.
Throughout her administrative career, Nevarez has been very active with NCAA governance groups. She has served on the NCAA Management Council, the highest level within the NCAA's governance structure that campus administrators may be appointed to. She served on President Miles Brand's Diversity and Leadership Strategic Planning Committee, an initiative created to look at diversity issues in collegiate athletics in all NCAA divisions and all areas. Through her service on that committee, she advocated and helped create policy changes that led to bilingual information and forms for the National Clearinghouse, the all-important certification group for all prospective NCAA student-athletes. She also wrote a proposal that gave the National Clearinghouse the responsibility to define amateur status and advocated for that proposal's passage through conventions and national meetings.
She led the Green Team initiative for the Management Council and the NCAA's Board of Directors that determined the need for the NCAA to "green" up its business. The changes that resulted from these efforts helped the NCAA minimize the environmental impact of its business, including meetings, championships and operations.
She serves on the Committee on Athletics Certification's executive group and is Chair of the Gender and Diversity Subcommittee. In this role, she leads the review of reports and all materials submitted by each institution as part of the certification process and participates in the final certification determination. She also has served as a member of campus Peer Review teams for three years.
She is a graduate of the NCAA Fellows Program and the NACWAA Executive Institute. Nevarez completed her fifth year as an adjunct faculty member for the University of San Francisco Sport Management master's program where she taught sport law prior to coming to OU.
She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of California's Boalt Hall School of Law. While a student, she served on the editorial board of La Raza and was a co-founder of the Boalt Hall Sport and Entertainment Law Society.
A four-year scholarship athlete and letterwinner in basketball at the University of Massachusetts, she graduated cum laude from UMass. She served on the board of advisors for the UMass sports management department, a division of the School of Business.
A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Nevarez is married to Buki Wilson.