Malek Barber Named National SAAC Representative

Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- When Sailfish men’s basketball player Malek Barber is not on the court scoring over opponents, the freshman from North Port, Fla. is representing the university on an even bigger level. Barber was recently selected to the NCAA Division II Student-Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), and is a voting member representing all of the Independent Universities.

“We are thrilled that Malek has been selected to participate on the NCAA Division II National SAAC, representing Palm Beach Atlantic University and Independent institutions,” said Senior Associate Athletic Director, and PBA SAAC Liaison Courtney Lovely. “He models the values of PBA and is a valuable member of our men’s basketball team, and the PBA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This is a tremendous honor for him and for PBA.”

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) serves as the primary governance arm representing student-athlete interests in Division II affairs. SAAC members serve as student-athlete liaisons that monitor and discuss happenings on campuses, within conference and at the national level.

Representatives are responsible for gathering feedback and reporting on behalf of their conference, as well as relaying important events, hot topics and educational information to both the campus and conference levels. In addition to relaying information across campuses and conferences, the committee speaks on behalf of the entire Division II student-athlete body throughout the NCAA governance structure.

Division II SAAC members serve as voting members on a number of Division II committees, including the Management Council. The SAAC also has voting authority during the Division II Business Session at the annual NCAA Convention.

Of the 29 members, Malek is the only men’s basketball student-athlete, and is one of only two freshmen.

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