Athletics Advisory Council

Sunset above Disharoon Park


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 intergrity, 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

2022-2023 Membership


  • Carrie Heilman, Chair (UVA’s Faculty Athletics Representative)
  • Ken Kipps (Chief of Staff to the Provost)
  • Lily West (UVA Alumni Association Representative)
  • Robyn Hadley (Dean of Students)
  • Doug Hartog (Director of Undergraduate Admission)
  • Rachel Most ((Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Programs – College of Arts & Sciences)
  • Mia Bass (Virginia Athletics Foundation Representative)
  • Barb Zunder (Director, Student Disability Access Center)

Faculty At-Large Members:

  • Gary Ballinger (McIntire School of Commerce)
  • Anna Katherine Clay (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)
  • George Mentore (Department of Anthropology)
  • Rob Patterson (McIntire School of Commerce and Faculty Senate Representative)
  • David E. Smith (Department of Environmental Sciences)
  • Malinda Whitlow (School of Nursing)
  • Derick Williams (School of Education and Human Development, Counselor Education)

Student Members:

  • Jaden Evans (Student Council Representative)
  • Rebecca Skoler (President, Student Athlete Advisory Council)
  • Ella Bathurst (Women’s Swimming)
  • Samar Guidry (Women’s Soccer)
  • Dillon Tennyson (Football)
  • Ethan Weatherspoon (Wrestling)


  • Carla Williams (Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Programs)
  • Jim Booz (Deputy Athletics Director for Administration)
  • Kim Record (Deputy Athletics Director/External Operations - SWA)
  • Ed Scott (Deputy Athletics Director)
  • Michael Kennedy (Faculty Senate Representative)