Athletics Advisory Council

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The Athletics Advisory Council (AAC) is charged with reviewing and advising the President of the University and the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs on policy issues regarding the University’s intercollegiate athletics program and student-athlete well-being.

In fulfilling its charge, the AAC shall:

  • Advise the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs concerning major decisions affecting the administration of the Athletics Department;
  • Conduct periodic reviews in the following areas: academic integrity, support, and achievements; student-athlete safety and well-being; equity and Title IX.  Advise University leaders on appropriate responses to the results of these reviews;
  • Investigate critical issues facing intercollegiate athletics programs, particularly as they relate to the University, and make recommendations as to how best practices could be implemented at the University;
  • Identify and promote opportunities for the Department of Athletics to excel as a national leader for student-athlete success, and;
  • Provide a written annual report to the President of the University summarizing the work of the Council.

Committee Structure

The University’s Faculty Athletics Representative serves as chair of the Athletics Advisory Council. The Council consists of up to 25 members:

  • UVA Faculty Athletics Representative
  • Up to 10 at-large faculty members
  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs, College of Arts & Sciences
  • Representatives from:
    • Faculty Senate
    • Office of the President
    • Office of the Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
    • Office of Undergraduate Admission
    • University of Virginia Alumni Association
    • Virginia Athletics Foundation
  • Student members:
    • President of the Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
    • Four at-large student-athlete members
    • Representative from the UVA Student Council
  • Ex-officio members:
    • Faculty Senate Representative
    • Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs
    • Deputy Athletics Director for Administration
    • Deputy Athletics Director/External Operations (SWA)
    • Deputy Athletics Director

2023-2024 Membership


  • Carrie Heilman, Chair (UVA’s Faculty Athletics Representative)
  • Brian Cullaty (President's Office Representative)
  • Mike Geismar (Virginia Athletics Foundation Representative)
  • Doug Hartog (Office of Undergraduate Admission Representative)
  • Karlin Luedtke (Association Dean, Arts and Sciences)
  • Lily West (UVA Alumni Association Representative)
  • Barb Zunder (Student Affairs Representative)

Faculty At-Large Members:

  • A.D. Carson (Department of Music)
  • Anna Katherine Clay (Department of Media Studies)
  • David Coyoca (Department of American Studies)
  • Shilpa Davé (Department of Media Studies)
  • David Edwards (School of Education and Human Development, Kinesiology)
  • Bonnie Hagerman (Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality)
  • Jack Hamilton (Media Studies and American Studies)
  • Rob Patterson (McIntire School of Commerce)
  • Malinda Whitlow (School of Nursing)
  • Adelaide Wilcox-King (McIntire School of Commerce)

Student Members:

  • Ella Bathurst (Women’s Swimming)
  • Samar Guidry (Women’s Soccer)
  • Tayvonn Kyle (Football)
  • Andreas Masiakos (Student Council Representative)
  • Matthew Nunes (Men's Lacrosse)
  • Rebecca Skoler (Women's Golf and President, Student Athlete Advisory Council)


  • Jim Lambert (Faculty Senate Representative, Engineering & Applied Science)
  • Armani Dawkins (Deputy Athletics Director for Competitive Excellence, SWA)
  • Carla Williams (Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs)