Athletics Council

CONTACT INFORMATIONFor the person completing this report.
NameBenjamin Widner
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Official Name of the BoardAthletics Council
Effective date of establishment08/2000
Authorized byChancellor
Board Reports To (if applicable)Provost
Scope of ImpactCampus
Type of BoardStanding

Review and comment on activities of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics in consultation with the Athletic Director


The NMSU Athletics Council serves in an advisory capacity to:

• The Chancellor of the University (Dan Arvizu)
• The Faculty Athletic Representative to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (Kevin Melendrez); and
• The Director of Athletics (Mario Moccia).

What is the process for selecting a chair?

Vote of the assembled quorum.

Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year
NameBenjamin Widner
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Co-Chair for 2018-19 Academic Year
Additional Membership Details
Members are appointed byBy Position
Position appointment description

The membership of the council is defined in Article III of the by-laws.

Are terms staggered?Yes
Are members subject to reappointment?Yes
Please explain the conditions under which members are subject to reappointment.

Each Fall the council is constituted from the constituent groups (e.g. Employee Council, Faculty Senate...student government, Associated Students of NMSU), a chair is elected for the year, and business is outlined by consensus and advise from the ex officio members.

What is the process for filling vacant positions?

Constituent groups (Employee Council, Faculty Senate...student government, Associated Students of NMSU) nominate or [re]nominate.

Member List
Name Title Member Type
Benjamin Widner ACES Voting Member
Spencer Herrera Arts & Sciences Voting Member
Kevin Melendrez NCAA/WAC Faculty Rep Voting Member
Steve Hanson Faculty Senate Voting Member
David Rockstraw Engineering Voting Member
Satya Rao Health & Social Services Voting Member
Keith Mandabach Employee Council Voting Member
Salma Lopez ASNMSU Voting Member
Emerson Morrow ASNMSU Voting Member
Mario Moccia Director of Athletics Non-voting Member
Braun Cartwright Deputy AD Non-voting Member
James Hall Assoc. AD, Athletic Academics Non-voting Member
What university office/function provides administrative support to this board?


What are the requirements for the number of meetings to be held annually?

No explicit requirements

Was the requirement for the number of meetings met?Yes
List of Meeting Dates

September 19, 2018
October 29, 2018
December 5, 2018
February 27, 2018
May 8, 2018

Major Accomplishments

The council served in an advisory capacity and :

1. Reviewed the Athletics Department of Gender Equity Plan Progress
2. Reviewed the Student-Athlete Handbook
3. Reviewed a summary of the academic performance of student-athletes
4. Served in an advisory capacity regarding academic and advising processes used by the athletic department
5. Reviewed the budget report
6. Reviewed Compliance report
7. Reviewed capital outlay projects for athletics

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