Aug. 12, 2002
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
First team NFCA/Louisville Slugger All-American softball player Brandi Stuart has been chosen to represent the Atlantic Coast Conference on the Division I national Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC). Stuart, a second baseman on the fourth-ranked Florida State softball team, has served as the president of the FSU SAAC and as a member of the ACC SAAC. She was named a Verizon Academic All-American this past year and she is the first Seminole to ever serve on the national committee.
“I’m really looking forward to serving on the National SAAC,” said Stuart. “It should be a lot of fun and a great way to make changes that will help my fellow student-athletes in the future. This is a huge honor for me and I plan on representing Florida State and the ACC in the most positive manner.”
The Division I national SAAC consists of one student-athlete from each of the 31 Division I conferences. Members are selected by the Division I Management Council from a pool of three nominees from each of the represented conferences. The Division I SAAC reports directly to the Division I Management Council, and two SAAC members participate in each meeting of the Management Council as nonvoting members. It is through these two mechanisms that NCAA Division I student-athletes offer input and assist in shaping the proposed legislation by which their division is governed.
“We are extremely proud of Brandi’s leadership ability,” said Associate Athletics Director for Student Services Pam Overton. “She has proven herself as leader with our athletes and ACC athletes. We are excited to see what she will do on the national level.”
Stuart was one of three athletes chosen by the conference office to represent the ACC on the national committee. The NCAA then chose Stuart from that group to serve a one-year term with the National SAAC.