Fred E. Washington has been named Prairie View A&M Vice President and Director of Athletics. The announcement was made by PVAM President Ruth Simmons and is effective immediately.
"With more than 75 applicants, the search committee invited several to campus for interviews," Simmons said. "Among the finalists, Fred stood out as a true leader, capable of taking charge of our beloved Panthers. He has the breadth of senior leadership experience and an in depth knowledge of how to manage successfully a first class, NCAA Division I athletics department. In the final analysis, the committee unanimously supported his permanent appointment."
Washington is in his twenty seventh year of service to Prairie View A&M University and the State of Texas. He is also retired as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and served twenty-three years in that regard.
Washington is in his second stint directing PVAMU Athletics. Washington served in two positions as Vice President for Administration as well as Auxiliary Services and Athletic Director from 2008 to 2013. In this current appointment, Washington will only oversee Panther Athletics.
"I would like to thank the students, coaches, staff and administrators that were part of the selection committee, for having the confidence in me to lead the Prairie View A&M University athletic department," Washington said. "I am both humbled and honored to have the opportunity to lead my alma mater forward as I work with the athletics staff to create a vision for the department that is determined to see student-athletes compete and succeed in the classroom and on the athletic fields."
Washington's previous tenure as Athletic Director was at the beginning of a storied period in the annals of Panther Athletics. His five-year tenure was highlighted by PVAMU football returning to its tradition of winning as the program won the 2009 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Championship, the first title in football since 1964. That championship season was the highlight of a current run in which PVAMU football is second in wins in the SWAC since 2007.
Women's basketball was the dominant program during that time, winning SWAC regular season and tournament crowns in 2008 and 2009, and, in 2011, began a streak of four consecutive SWAC Tournament Championships, earning NCAA Tournament appearances after each tourney win.
Women's Bowling won back-to-back SWAC championships in 2012 and 2013, and PVAMU baseball won the SWAC championship in 2012. The men's tennis program won a pair of SWAC titles during that time as well (2010, 2013).
In 2009-10, the athletic program earned the Barbara Jacket/Sadie Magee Award as the top overall women's sports program in the Southwestern Athletic Conference for only the second time in school history.
PVAMU Athletics then went on to win back-to-back Commissioner's Cup crowns as the top overall sports program in the SWAC in 2011-12 and 2012-13. All totaled, the Panthers won 14 SWAC regular season or tournament titles during Washington's tenure as Athletic Director.
"Our main goal was to find the best qualified candidate for the Athletic Director's job who we truly believed can best move the PVAMU Athletic program to greater heights," Search Committee Chair Dr. Corey S. Bradford said. "The search committee looked far and wide across the country - yet the best candidate was right here, ready to take up the challenge. Fred has a proven track record of helping all sport teams win championships. I am confident that he has the passion, commitment to excellence, and business acumen to effectively make PVAMU among the best athletic programs in the nation,"
Washington is a three-time graduate of Prairie View A&M, receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting (1992), Master of Business Administration in Management (1996), and Master of Arts in Community Development (2016).