Faculty Athletics Council (FACL)

As of May 2020, the Senate Athletics Council has become the Faculty Athletics Council, a standing committee. FACL advises the Senate and Administration on matters pertaining to the welfare of student-athletes both in and out of the classroom.

Committee Roster 2023-24


  • Bryan Graham (Economics) - Chair


  • Mark Brilliant (History)
  • Karine Gibbs (PMB)
  • Chunlei Liu (EECS)
  • Nancy McNamara (Optometry)
  • Kim Shelton (AGRS)
  • David Sraer (Business)
  • Ula Taylor (African American Studies)
  • Sarah Vaughn (Anthropology)

Ex Officio

  • Maximilian Auffhammer (ARE/IAS) – Division Chair (nonvoting)

  • Jenny Simon-O'Neill, IA Senior Woman Administrator - Associate Director of Athletics (nonvoting)
  • Oliver O'Reilly, Faculty Athletics Representative - Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education (voting)
  • Steven Murray (Physical Education) - Undergraduate Council Representative (voting)


  • TBD - Undergraduate student-athlete

  • TBD - Undergraduate student-athlete

By Invitation

  • Derek Van Rheenen - Director, Athletic Study Center
  • Nathan Sayre (Geography) - CAPRA representative


Meeting Schedule

Meetings are held on Fridays from 2:00-3:00 pm on the following dates:

September 8

October 13

November 3

December 1 (executive committee)

Spring 2024 dates TBD

Annual Report

Please contact the committee chair for additional reports.