MW Student-Athletes Participate in Historic Meeting

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – For the first time in league history, the Mountain West Board of Directors meeting included two members of the MW Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). In keeping with the Conference's progressive approach, and with the new NCAA governance structure set to include student-athletes, the BOD felt this was a great opportunity to include the voice of the league's SAAC members. New Mexico track athlete Kendall Spencer, the national chair of the 2014-15 NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was joined by Air Force Academy volleyball player Emma Dridge.

"The Board meeting was extremely motivating and, if nothing more, a glimpse into the future of college athletics and the changing roles of student-athletes," said Spencer. "Our presence was very well received and embraced, allowing us to contribute to discussions that concerned administrators as well as student-athletes of our Conference. The Mountain West is certainly leading the pack when it comes to student-athlete leadership and development."

"With the Board of Directors being willing to have student-athlete representatives present during the meeting, they enabled Kendall Spencer and myself to learn and understand on a greater scale many of the issues that populate our Conference's institutions," commented Dridge. "We were given the opportunity to vocalize our expectations for the institutional SAACs, and it was encouraging to hear that the Presidents and Athletic Directors are open to the idea of having student-athletes attend athletic staff meetings at their institutions to facilitate a better understanding of any legislative or welfare issues."

The Conference intends to continue the participation of student-athletes in its governance structure, consistent with the Mountain's West focus on enhancing the student-athlete experience.