Athletic Council Overview
The Athletic Council is an advisory body consisting of faculty, staff, students, and alumni representatives. The nineteen member Council is composed of eight faculty members, three alumni representatives, three student representatives, four ex officio members (Director of the Alumni Association, Vice President of Operations, Director of Athletics, and Faculty Athletic Representative) and an academic governance (UCUE) liaison. The MSU Athletic Council is composed of four subcommittees: Academics and Compliance, Budgeting and Operations, Equity and Strategic Planning, and Drug Education and Testing. The Athletic Council advises the Athletics Director, MSU President, and university administration on matters of policy, procedures, and organization related to the intercollegiate athletics program.
The MSU Athletic Council began as a Board of Trustee established committee in the mid-1950s. In 1995 the bylaws of the Council were revised and first appeared in the MSU Bylaws for Academic Governance. The Athletic Council is involved with academic and fiscal integrity, governance and compliance issues, communications and operations, and student-athlete welfare matters related to the conduct of a Big Ten and NCAA FBS (formerly Division I-A) intercollegiate athletics program. The complex nature of athletic issues, coupled with a broad range of constituencies, renders athletics a unique University enterprise. Athletics is an integral part of the University and the Athletic Council is delegated the responsibility to maintain its proper place and perspective. The MSU Athletic Council normally meets once per month during the regular academic year.