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Francois elected to lead DIII SAAC

Lebanon Valley’s Bridgett Finn named vice chair

Anthony Francois, a former men’s volleyball student-athlete at John Jay, was elected chair of the Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during its 2021 NCAA Convention virtual meeting this month.

Francois joined Division III SAAC in January 2019 for a three-year term after being elected as the City University of New York Athletic Conference’s representative. Since then, Francois also has served as the student-athlete representative for the Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee, for which he provided a student-athlete voice in the committee’s development of the concepts related to name, image and likeness, among other items.

“I am excited to serve Division III student-athletes as chair of the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee this coming year,” Francois said. “It is an honor to have been nominated and elected for this position. I am appreciative of the fact that my peers decided that I should be the one to serve in this capacity, and through my service, I hope to demonstrate that their faith in me has not been misplaced.”

In addition to Francois’ election, former Lebanon Valley soccer student-athlete Bridgett Finn was voted as Division III SAAC’s vice chair for the upcoming year. Finn has represented the Middle Atlantic Conferences on national SAAC since the 2020 NCAA Convention. She is also the new SAAC representative for the Division III Championships Committee. Additionally, Finn serves on the Board of Governors’ Student-Athlete Engagement Committee with Division III SAAC’s Janne Brown, a women’s lacrosse player from Aurora.

Abigail Newkirk, a women’s soccer player at Bluffton and a representative of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, was elected communications director, while St. John Fisher’s Jack Mulvihill (men’s lacrosse) and Salisbury’s Madeira Alexander (softball) were named to the Division III Management Council.

Learn more about Division III SAAC, its members and the work they do at their page on