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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 28 members, including representatives from each of the 23 Division II multisport voting conferences, one representative of Division II independent institutions, two at-large representatives, and two members of the Management Council. The 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 Administrative Committee 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.

Proceedings:

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

Student-athlete resources:

Make-A-Wish Foundation:

The Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee established the division’s partnership with Make-A-Wish in 2003 and continues to drive the initiative. Institutions can earn a wish reveal by fundraising the national average cost of granting a wish, which is currently $10,000. Institutions that fundraise less than $10,000 in an academic year could be eligible for a model adopted in 2015 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 on campus.

Learn more about Division II’s Make-A-Wish partnership and view the division’s annual fundraising totals here.