Texas Tech University

Athletic Council



Pursuant to Texas Tech University Board of Regents Policy 11.02, the Athletic Council is to advise the President of Texas Tech University on matters relating to the development and supervision of intercollegiate athletic programs.

The Athletic Council shall:

  1. Review and make recommendations to the President on any matters pertaining to the enforcement of and compliance with rules and regulations established by any athletic conference or national association in which the University holds membership.
  2. Review and make recommendations to the President on any pertinent matters related to the University's intercollegiate athletic program.

The Athletic Council shall not have final authority to direct, control, or supervise the operation or activities of the Department of Athletics or intercollegiate athletic programs of the University.

ARTICLE II: Membership

The majority of the members of the Athletic Council shall be tenured faculty and a student-athlete. All members are expected to have demonstrated a consistent interest in and support for a strong intercollegiate athletics program and in maintaining a program of highest integrity and academic excellence.

Section 1. The Athletic Council shall consist of twelve (12) voting members comprised as follows:

  1. Six (6) members shall be appointed from the faculty by the President.
  2. One (1) Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Member or Student-Athlete selected by the Athletic Director
  3. Three (3) members shall be appointed by the President from outside the faculty and the administration of the University.
  4. One (1) member of the Council shall be appointed by the Texas Tech Alumni Association.
  5. One (1) member of the Council shall be a current member of the student body at Texas Tech, appointed by the Texas Tech Student Government Association.

Section 2. The following policies also apply to membership of the Athletic Council:

  1. No currently serving member of the Board of Regents shall be appointed to the Council.
  2. Except as noted elsewhere in the Bylaws, all appointments are made by the President of the University.
  3. All appointees shall be for three-year terms except for the student member who will serve a one year term. The President may renew or extend a member's appointment. Members shall continue to perform their responsibilities until a replacement is in place.

Section 3. Ex - Officio members of the council shall include the following:

  1. The designated representative of the President of the University.
  2. The Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA and Big 12 conference.
  3. The Director of Intercollegiate Athletics.
  4. The Senior Woman Administrator.
  5. The Senior Associate Athletic Director – Compliance.
  6. The Deputy Athletic Director
  7. The Senior Associate Athletic Director – Academics
  8. The Senior Associate Athletic Director – Sports Medicine
  9. The Senior Associate Athletic Director – Chief Financial Office

Ex-officio members shall not have voting privileges on matters under consideration or review by the Council.

Section 4. All members of the Athletic Council serve at the pleasure of the President. The President may remove a member of the Council for actions that are inconsistent with University policies.

Section 5. All voting and Ex-Officio members shall be provided notice of Athletic Council meetings.

ARTICLE III: Leadership

Section 1. The sole officer of the Council shall be the Chair.

Section 2. The President of the University shall appoint the Chair from among the faculty members who serve on the Council.

Section 3. .The duties of the Chair shall be those customarily assigned to such office and such other duties as may be hereinafter designated.

ARTICLE IV: Meetings

Section 1. Meetings of the Athletic Council shall be held four times per year or at the call of the chair.

Section 2. Special meetings may be called at any time by the Chair or upon the request of four (4) or more Council members after giving notice to the voting and Ex-Officio members of not less than twenty-four hours in advance or the time set for the call meeting. The notice shall be confirmed in writing.

ARTICLE V: Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of the Athletic Council shall be to assist the President and the Athletic Department in the promotion and oversight of the University's intercollegiate athletic program. The University is committed to academic and athletic integrity, equity, and excellence. The Athletic Council seeks to promote that commitment by reviewing and recommending policy, in full cooperation with the Athletic Department, within the resources of the University and the rules and regulations of the University, Big 12 Conference, and NCAA. The specific duties and responsibilities of the Athletic Council shall include but not be limited to:

  1. recommending or reviewing such policies, rules, and regulations as are necessary for the promotion and oversight of the University's intercollegiate athletics program. These may address such topics as: Academic Integrity, NCAA Compliance, Fiscal Integrity, and Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being.

ARTICLE VI: Committees and their Duties

Section 1. The Chair may designate committees as appropriate to meet the charge above.

ARTICLE VII: Amending the Bylaws

Section 1. Amendment or revision of the Bylaws may be made upon the suggestion or recommendation of a voting member or the chair, and after having been disseminated in writing at least 72 hours prior to a regularly called meeting and upon a two-thirds affirmative vote of the voting members of the Council.

Amended: November 5, 1998, October 2000, February 2002, August 21, 2002, August 12, 2003, February 27, 2008, April 18, 2011, February 15, 2019, September 21, 2022

Athletic Council Members

Dr. Raegan Higgins

College of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Todd Chambers

Journalism and Electronic Media
College of Media and Communication

Austin Phillips

President, Student Government Association

Rick Dykes

Community Member

Nancy Neal

Community Member

Toby Cecil

Community Member

Carey Hobbs

Texas Tech Alumni Association

Dr. Jeff Mercer, Chair

Rawls College of Business

Dr. Darryl James

Department of Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Genevieve Durham DeCesaro

J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts

Dr. Angela Lumpkin

Kinesiology and Sport Management

Anna Dong

Student Athlete, Women's Golf

Ex-Officio Members:

Kirby Hocutt

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Department of Athletics

Brian Shannon

Faculty Athletic Representative to the NCAA & Big 12
School of Law

Jennifer Brashear

Senior Associate Director of Intercollegiate Athletics – Compliance Department of Athletics

Jonathan Botros

Senior Associate Athletic Director – Chief Financial Officer, Department of Athletics

Ronald Phillips

Chief Compliance and Security Officer

Brandi Stuart

Executive Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator
Department of Athletics

Tony Hernandez

Deputy Athletic Director, Department of Athletics

DeeDee Brown-Campbell

Senior Associate Athletic Director – Academics, Department of Athletics

Grant Stovall

Senior Associate Athletic Director – Sports Medicine, Department of Athletics

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