INDIANAPOLIS -- Terry Gawlik, senior associate athletics director for sports administration and senior woman administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will serve as the next chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Sport Committee during the 2016-17 academic year.

Currently serving her fourth year as a member of the committee, Gawlik will succeed current chair Chris Dawson, associate commissioner for the Pac-12 Conference. She will officially become the 18th chair of the committee on Sept. 1, 2016. 

“We continue to strive to make the championship experience all that it can be for our student-athletes, coaches and fans, and I appreciate the other members of the committee having entrusted in me this important responsibility,” Gawlik said.

Gawlik, who joined Wisconsin in 1994 as an administrative assistant and event coordinator, was promoted to assistant athletics director for sports administration in 1998 and then to her current role in 2005.

As senior associate athletics director for sports administration, Gawlik has oversight responsibilities for numerous Wisconsin programs, including women’s basketball, softball, volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men's and women's rowing. She represents Wisconsin as its senior woman administrator on both the Big Ten Conference and national levels. She also coordinates the coaches meetings, is the diversity plan coordinator and the gender equity plan coordinator.

During her career, Gawlik has served on numerous NCAA committees and cabinets, including the NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball and Men’s Soccer committees before joining the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee in 2012.

A multisport student-athlete during her high school and college days in her native Texas, Gawlik is a 1981 graduate of Southwestern University with a bachelor's degree in physical education and English. She earned her master's degree in physical education and educational administration from Texas State University in 1983 and went on to coach volleyball, basketball, tennis and track and field at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, St. Mary’s University (Texas) and Austin College. She resides in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband, Dan Fitzsimons.

“Terry’s dynamic, has high energy and is a consensus builder,” said Anucha Browne, NCAA vice president for women’s basketball championships. “Her past experience as a student-athlete, coach, administrator and NCAA committee member will serve her well as chair of the championship sport committee. We look forward to our continued work together in creating the best possible championship experience for our student-athletes.”