Kendall Spencer

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Kendall Spencer

Kendall Spencer

Kendall Spencer, became the first student-athlete to serve on the NCAA Division I Board of Directors in 2015 as part of the new governance structure. Spencer recently served as chair of the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee after joining national SAAC in 2013 and his school’s SAAC in 2011. His leadership within college athletics helped athletes successfully advocate for representation and voting power at all levels of the NCAA governance structure. He has lead quarterly national SAAC meetings, established agenda items and guides other SAAC members in discussions on legislation, health and safety issues and various student-athlete initiatives. He has since had the opportunity to present to a variety of audiences on the intricacies of college athletics as they relate to student-athletes and higher education. This year he helped national SAAC conduct the most comprehensive survey to date of current student-athletes on their overall experience in college. Results from this survey are leading the ongoing discussion of student-athlete time demands in Division I and other divisions.

Spencer earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology with minors in business and sociology from the University of New Mexico. As a student-athlete, Spencer won a national championship in the indoor long jump in 2012, earned First Team All-American honors in addition to numerous conference honors and has since competed at the Olympic Trials. Kendall hopes to pursue law school in the fall of 2017.