WINTHROP, Mass. – Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) Commissioner Joe Walsh is pleased to announce the appointment of Johnson & Wales University women's volleyball sophomore Mikayla Arimura to the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
A San Clemente, Calif. native, Arimura will serve a two-year appointment on the national committee through January 2021.
The national SAAC represents the student-athlete voice in the Division III governance structure by reviewing legislation, identifying significant student-athlete issues, implementing student-athlete based initiatives, encouraging community outreach, and enhancing D3 student-athlete involvement and understanding in general.
Arimura replaces Norwich University's Ryan Booth, who served from 2017-19 on the D3 National SAAC.
New legislation recently passed that has expanded national SAAC input to include all 44 Division III conferences, along with a Conference and Partner-Conference realignment. The GNAC, which had previously been paired with the NEWMAC, is now partnered with the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).
The committee meets in-person four times a year and is primarily responsible for maintaining and coordinating the division's nationwide partnership with Special Olympics.