Athletics Advisory Council

Appointed by: President

Reports to: President

Number of Members: 21

Faculty/Staff: 15

Faculty:  3

Ex officio:  2

Students:  1

Updated:  September 1, 2023

Purpose. Reports to the President. Serves as an advisory committee to the Athletics Director in matters pertaining to policy and procedures of intercollegiate athletics. Reviews annually all policies of the Conference and NCAA and recommends appropriate actions to the Athletics Director. Participates in the planning for future needs through evaluation of the overall scope, needs, and benefits of the athletics program. Such planning includes promoting athletics programs in the university environment and community and assisting in designing recruitment and persistent strategies that will provide access to and success of student-athletes in completing a degree program.

Member Appointments. The President makes all appointments, including the Faculty Representatives who serve an indefinite term. In order to provide for continuity of service, the 15 faculty/staff members serve staggered 4-year appointments. The University Faculty Senate nominates faculty members from the various colleges and the library for expiring terms each year. The Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs nominates the faculty/staff for Academic Affairs. The President selects the members from the nominations. By virtue of position, the Chair of the Student Advisory Committee serves as a student representative for a one-year term. By virtue of the positions, the Director of Athletics and the Associate Athletic Director, and the Senior Women’s Administrator serve as Ex officio, nonvoting members. Re-appointments are permitted.

Chair Appointment. The council elects a Chair and a Chair-Elect.

Council Members

*Name appears more than once

Chair - Term expires August 31, 2024
*Bob Maninger, Chair

Chair-Elect - Term expires August 31, 2026
*Kandi Tayebi, Chair-Elect

Terms expire August 31, 2024
Ryan Zapalac, College of Health Sciences

Bob Maninger, College of Education
William Wells, College of Criminal Justice
Carrie Belsito, College of Business Administration

Terms expire August 31, 2025
Robin Bittick, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Rebecca Wentworth, College of Education

Joan Hudson, College of Science and Engineering Technology
Ted Stuberfield, Division of Academic Affairs

Terms expire August 31, 2026
Jose Santiago, College of Health Sciences
Kandi Tayebi, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Jacob Chandler, Enrollment Success

Terms expire August 31, 2027
Somer Franklin, Division of Academic Affairs
Nicholas Graves, College of Arts and Media
George Prada, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Mark Frank, College of Business Administration

Student Athlete Member - Term expire August 31, 2024
TBA, Chair, Student Athletic Advisory Committee

Faculty Representatives - Indefinite Terms
Rhonda Calloway, NCAA Faculty Representative, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Gerald Kohers, NCAA Faculty Representative, College of Business Administration

Ex-Officio Members
Chris Thompson, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women's Administrator

Bobby Williams, Jr., Director of Athletics

To Report Errors
All errors in committee listings should be reported in writing to:
Lila Alvarado