GSW's Rhodes Appointed to NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

GSW's Rhodes Appointed to NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee

AMERICUS, Ga. -- Georgia Southwestern women's tennis player Alexandria Rhodes has been appointed to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II Peach Belt Conference with her term starting immediately. 

"It's a huge honor to have been chosen to represent the Peach Belt Conference as a National SAAC member," Rhodes said. "I'm super excited to be able to participate and help enhance not only Georgia Southwestern State University but all the universities that are associated with the Peach Belt Conference."

Rhodes will serve on the National Council for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee where she will serve as the primary governance arm representing student-athlete interests in Division II affairs. Besides attending meetings, she will be in charge of making recommendations to the Management Council on matters that are deemed appropriate towards her committee. 

"This is a great honor for Alex," Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Women's Administrator Christie Ward said. "I am so proud of her for stepping up and taking advantage of this opportunity to represent our university, the Peach Belt and all Division II student-athletes."

Rhodes has been a member of SAAC for two years and has recently became the vice president of GSW SAAC. As an appointed member of the NCAA Division II SAAC, Rhode's term of service on the committee will begin immediately and continue through the close of the January 2022 NCAA Convention. 

"She will be able to use her voice on important NCAA topics, student welfare and safety while gaining invaluable experience over her tenure on the National Division II SAAC Committee," Ward ended with. "I know she will do a fantastic job."

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. The committee is composed of 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.