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Athletic Committee

Membership: 6 Faculty, 3 Administrative/Professional staff outside athletics, 2 ex officio (director of athletics and senior woman administrator in athletics), Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance, 4 students recommended by the Vice President and Athletic Director, Faculty Athletics Representative.

Description: The committee will regularly review issues associated with the welfare of student athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics in ASUN and NCAA sports to ensure that the University and the Athletics Department maintain the proper balance between participation in athletics and academic achievement. The committee will prepare an annual report and other reports as needed, advising the president and the faculty senate of the athletic department’s performance with respect to its academic and athletic goals and with respect to the welfare of the student-athletes participating in ASUN and NCAA sports. The committee will communicate the concerns of student-athletes participating in intercollegiate athletics to the faculty senate and the university community, including the athletics department, the university administration, academic departments, the faculty as a whole, and other groups as warranted.  

NCAA Division I Manual Composition. Administration and/or faculty staff members shall constitute at least a majority of the board in control of athletics or an athletics advisory board, irrespective of the president or chancellor’s responsibility and authority or whether the athletics department is financed in whole or in part by student fees. If the board has a parliamentary requirement necessitating more than a simple majority in order to transact some or all of its business, then the administrative and faculty members shall be of sufficient number to constitute at least that majority. (Revised: 3/8/06).

(Approver: Vice President and Athletic Director)

2024-2025 Membership

Name Title Department/Area Service Term
William Russell Longhurst Faculty, CoSTEM Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy 2024-2027
Christopher Wright Faculty, CoBHS Criminal Justice 2022-2025
Kathy Heuston Faculty, CoAL Communication 2022-2025
John McConnell Faculty, CoE Educational Specialties 2023-2026
Susan Cockrell Faculty, CoB Accounting, Finance, and Economics 2022-2025
John Schnettler Faculty, CoAL Music 2023-2026
Walt Lord Vice President for Military and Veterans Affairs (Administrative/Professional Staff) Miltary and Veterans Affairs 2024-2025
Brad Averitt Assistant Vice President Almuni and Annual Giving (Administrative/Professional Staff) Alumni and Annual Giving 2024-2025
Lenora Jackson Executive Office Assistant (Administrative/Professional Staff) President's Office 2024-2025
Gerald Harrison Athletic Director Athletics Permanent
ex officio
Niesha Campbell Deputy Director of Athletics/Chief Operating Officer
(Senior Woman Administrator)
Athletics Permanent
ex officio
Sheila Bryant Director of Equal Opportunity and Compliance Office of Institutional Culture Permanent
Isaac haney Student by Dir AAS Student Representative 2024-2025
Asia Fontana Student by Dir AAS Student Representative 2024-2025
Gabrielle Miller Student by Dir AAS Student Representative 2024-2025
Erica Scutt Student by Dir AAS Student Representative 2024-2025
Jennifer Thayer, Chair Faculty, CoB
(Faculty Athletic Representative)
Accounting, Finance, and Economics Permanent