Humboldt State University press release: 

Jane Teixeira has been appointed HSU’s next Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports. She is expected to begin in early April.

Teixeira has 25 years of experience in higher education as an administrator, coach, student-athlete, and leader. Her focus is on supporting student-athletes, mentoring coaches and athletic staff, and maintaining a sustainable, successful program.

“My leadership experiences continue my purpose and passion for impacting young people through athletics while allowing athletics to build character and leadership through diverse experiences,” Teixeira says.

“Being an athlete, collegiate or recreationally, gives students important skills,” she says. “Skills like time management, teamwork, conflict resolution, and leadership that they can take out into the world with them when they leave college with a diploma.”

She is committed to fiscal management, strategic planning, student-athlete welfare initiatives, and diversity and inclusion plans in collegiate athletics.

“I want the athletics culture to be an open door—for students to come to me so I can help them conquer the issues or obstacles in front of them,” Teixeira says. “We have to be good stewards of our resources so we’re providing appropriate academic, physical, mental, and emotional support. I want to help guide whole people ready to help the community when they graduate from HSU.”

Teixeira currently serves as the Senior Associate Commissioner and Senior Woman Administrator at The PacWest Athletic Conference. Prior to the role at the PacWest Athletic Conference, Teixeira worked at the University of Southern California, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and Texas A&M;International University.

Teixeira was a three-year starter in Softball and received her bachelor’s degree in applied learning and development/sport management with a minor in communication at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned a Master’s of Education from Southwest Texas State University in physical education with a concentration in physical education/sports administration. In addition, she has earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma.

She has provided leadership on legal issues that intercollegiate athletics face, overseen and directed championship events, and created and implemented diversity and inclusion plans which included hiring practices, conference awards and recognition, and professional development of young coaches and administrators.

“What I’m looking forward to most about coming to HSU is that the institution is innovative and on a path to support the next generation of student-athletes,” Teixeira says.

Teixeira, originally from Tucson, Arizona, is a three-stripe blue belt in jiu-jitsu, and says you may find her in a local jiu-jitsu gym or out hitting the trails with her dog. She has a daughter in college in Albuquerque.

“We are excited to have Jane join the Lumberjack team and Humboldt community,” says HSU President Tom Jackson, Jr. “Throughout her career, she has shown a proven track record of excellence in leadership and a commitment to student-athlete success. I look forward to the future of Lumberjack athletics under Jane’s leadership.”

Teixeira’s hiring culminates a national search process that was led by Interim Athletics Director Jill Willson, who was appointed in August to lead intercollegiate and recreational athletics during the search.