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SACSA is a volunteer-run organization and relies on its membership to serve the Association. If you are interested in serving on a committee, please feel free to read an overview of the various SACSA committees. You must be a SACSA member to join a SACSA committee. If you find a committee that interests you fill out the Get Involved! form to join the committee by using the live link listed below.

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Career Services Committee
Chair:
 Gerald Harris, Duke University

The Career Services Committee shall be responsible for providing a variety of career-related services to members throughout each year and during the annual conference.


College Student Affairs Journal Editor
Editor: 
Brian Bourke, Murray State University

The Executive Council shall be responsible for approving the contract for printing the Journal. The Journal Editor(s) shall be responsible for all other aspects of publishing the College Student Affairs Journal; including the selection of associate editors, if desired; approving reviewers; and soliciting manuscripts. It is assumed that the Editor(s) will maintain a close working relationship with the Executive Council through the Past President.


Conference Program Committee
Conference Chair: Jane Dané, Old Dominion University
Local Arrangements Chair: Debbie Conner, Coastal Carolina University
Program Chair: Lakiesa Cantey Rawlinson, Georgia Gwinnet College
Communication & Marketing Chair: Josh McKee, University of Louisville

The Conference Program Committee reports to the conference chair and arranges the conference educational programs along with other duties assigned by the conference chair. The Conference Chair is responsible for all aspects of the planning and implementation of the annual conference. The Conference Chair will recommend the registration fees for the conference and will ensure that the conference makes financial Page 12 of 14 profit. The Local Arrangements Committee shall be responsible for arranging for and coordinating the use of facilities and other matters pursuant to the holding of the annual conference and the conduct of the program in accordance with policies adopted by the Executive Council. The Program Chair and the Local Arrangements Chair report to the Conference Chair.


Council on the Advancement of Standards (CAS) Liaison
Liaison: Ralph Johnson, Washington Adventist Univeresity

The Liaison serves as SACSA’s representative to the CAS Board of Directors and shall attend the CAS Annual meeting.


Graduate Preparation Faculty Liaison
Liaison: 
Dorian McCoy, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

This individual shall serve as the primary conduit between the Association and the faculty members in student affairs graduate preparation programs throughout the region. This individual shall maintain an updated list of all faculty in these programs, provide these faculty with regular updates regarding SACSA activities and programs, and coordinate conference activities designated for faculty. 


Historian
Chair: Tony Cawthon, Clemson University

The Historian shall be the official archivist of the Association. The Historian will maintain all historical records as directed by the President and the Executive Council. The official archives of SACSA reside at Bowling Green State University. The SACSA Historian should maintain a working relationship with BGSU to ensure proper storage of documents. 


Membership & Recruitment Committee
Chair: 
Kathy Meyer, University of Louisville

The Membership and Recruitment Committee will support the Association through on-going efforts to recruit new members and retain existing memberships within a specified state in the SACSA region.


Mid-Managers Institute (MMI)
Chair: Ellen Neufeldt, Old Dominion University

The Mid-Managers Institute Chair is appointed jointly with NASPA Region III and is responsible for planning and implementing the Institute for mid-level managers with five or more years of professional experience. SACSA leads the section of the chair and NASPA leads the selection of the site. The Chair shall also ask for approval of Institute faculty members by both the SACSA Executive Council and the NASPA Region III Board of Directors.


Multicultural Awareness Committee
Chair: Dashan Axson-Lawrence, University of Georgia

The Multicultural Awareness Committee shall identify effective programs and practices that promote a more positive multicultural climate and combat racial/ethnic intolerance.


New Professionals Institute (NPI)
Chair:  Chris Holland, Florida State College at Jacksonville

The New Professionals Institute Chair is appointed jointly with NASPA Region III and is responsible for planning and implementing the Institute for new professionals with less than five years of professional experience. SACSA leads the approval of the chair and NASPA leads the approval of the site. The Chair shall also ask for approval of Institute faculty members by both the SACSA Executive Council and the NASPA Region III Board of Directors.


Nominating Committee
Chair: Beau Seagraves, University of Georgia

The Nominating Committee shall solicit nominations and conduct elections according to the procedures stated in Article VII of the By-laws. The committee shall identify and recruit potential leaders within the Association in addition to those nominated by the membership. 


Non-Conference Programming Committee
Chair: Kristie Gover, Jacksonville University

The Non-Conference Programming Committee shall provide educational opportunities for the SACSA membership to enhance student affairs professional standards, research, and best practices. The committee will operate year-round, engaging the SACSA membership with webinars and other outlets to advance member professional development.


Recognition & Awards Committee
Chair: Shawnboda Mead, University of Mississippi

The Recognition and Awards Committee shall coordinate the nominations and selection process for the following awards. The Committee shall be responsible for recognizing awards recipients at the annual conference, on the SACSA Website, and in appropriate publications.


Research Committee
Chair: Danielle Molina, Mississippi State University

The Research Committee shall encourage research in the college student affairs field, shall identify current research, and shall award Research Incentive Grants and the Dissertation of the Year Award at the annual conference.


Resolutions Committee
Chair: Alyson Bretch, University of West Georgia

The Resolutions Chair shall solicit resolutions from the membership; submit resolutions to the Executive Council; and present the resolutions endorsed by the Executive Council during the annual conference for a vote by the membership. 


SACSA's Newest Committee
Chair: Fred Tugas, University of North Carolina at Asheville

The SACSA’s Newest Committee shall provide orientation, mentoring, and networking opportunities for those individuals who are experiencing their first involvement with SACSA. 


Sponsors and Exhibits Committee
Chair: Jason Cassidy, Furman University

The Sponsors and Exhibits Chair shall identify potential sponsors for the SACSA annual conference; solicit businesses and vendors as exhibitors; and encourage these entities to partner with the Association in long-term relationships. 


Time and Place Committee
Chair: Jane Adams-Dunford, Western Carolina University

The Time and Place Committee shall recommend to the Executive Council the sites and dates for the annual conference and, upon approval by the Executive Council, shall confirm hotel arrangements and dates.


Website Committee
Chair: Josh McKee, University of Louisville

The Website Chair shall develop and maintain a strong web site presence for the Association as well as the development of technology to advance the organization's effectiveness and efficiency.

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