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Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

Committee Chair: Alex Shillow, Texas A&M University - Commerce

Purpose: The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves as the primary governance arm representing student-athlete interests in Division II affairs. SAAC members serve as student-athlete liaisons that monitor and discuss happenings on campuses, within conference and at the national level.

Representatives are responsible for gathering feedback and reporting on behalf of their conference, as well as relaying important events, hot topics and educational information to both the campus and conference levels. In addition to relaying information across campuses and conferences, the committee speaks on behalf of the entire Division II student-athlete body throughout the NCAA governance structure.

Division II SAAC members serve as voting members on a number of Division II committees, including the Management Council. The SAAC also has voting authority during the Division II Business Session at the annual NCAA Convention.

Composition: Currently 27 members, including representatives from each of the 24 Division II multisport voting conferences, one representative of Division II independent institutions, and two at-large representatives. Additionally, two members of the Management Council and one member of the Presidents Council serve as ex-officio and nonvoting members.

The Division II SAAC Nominating Subcommittee selects national committee members from a diverse pool of candidates that conference offices submit. The Division II Management Council ratifies the appointments, and each student-athlete serves a non-renewable three-year term; however the student-athlete may serve only up to one year after exhausting his or her eligibility.


For previous documents, please fill out the Archived Document Request Form.

Division II legislation:

Student-athlete resources:

Make-A-Wish Foundation:

Division II schools raised more than $608,000 for Make-A-Wish during the 2015-16 academic year, marking the fifth consecutive year the division has set a fundraising record.

The division has raised more than $4.7 million for Make-A-Wish since beginning its partnership with the nonprofit 13 years ago. Those funds have been used to grant more than 590 wishes for children around the country who face life-threatening medical conditions.

During the 2015-16 academic year, every conference raised funds for Make-A-Wish, with 238 Division II schools participating nationwide and in Canada. Five conferences had 100 percent participation by its members: the East Coast Conference, the Heartland Conference, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and the South Atlantic Conference. Two conferences — the Peach Belt Conference and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference — set a record by raising more than $60,000 each. At the campus level, the University of North Georgia led the way by bringing in $34,000, also a record.

The Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee established the partnership with Make-A-Wish in 2003 and continues to drive the division-wide initiative. SAAC continued a model adopted last year in which money collected from championship and enforcement fines are added to institutional fundraising totals to allow institutions the opportunity to host a wish reveal party on campus. In 2015-16, five schools raised above the national average cost of a wish reveal — $9,500 — and automatically earned a wish reveal party. For an additional 21 schools, which all raised $5,000 or more, SAAC will award money from the fines to help them meet the minimum fundraising requirement for a wish reveal.

Contribution form to be completed and submitted with donated funds. Online donations to Make-A-Wish® may be made here.

Annual campaign totals (through 2014-15)
2003-04 $45,757
2004-05 $80,658
2005-06 $116,950
2006-07 $208,022
2007-08 $316,958
2008-09 $359,187
2009-10 $407,683
2010-11 $405,752
2011-12 $468,569
2012-13 $517,465
2013-14 $567,778
2014-15 $605,248
2015-16 $608,042
Total: $4,708,069


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