Selected as minority leader in intercollegiate athletics
Shalini Shanker enters herfourth year in the Colorado State athletic department. She originally joined the Rams on June 10, 2009, as assistant director of compliance.
In December of 2010, then director of athletics Paul Kowalczyk promoted her to assistant athletic director/compliance.
Shanker, 30, works with every area of the department in overseeing CSU's compliance with NCAA and Mountain West rules and regulations. Shalini and her staff educate the coaches and administrators on new NCAA legislation and rules interpretations, in addition to assisting the registrar's office in certifying student-athletes each term.
She is a member of the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute and will begin a four-year term on the NCAA Legislative Review and Issues Committee in September 2013.
Working with student-athletes before and after they first arrive on campus, Shanker coordinates official visits, evaluates their transcripts, verifies official national letter of intent documents, and assists with the admission process. Once student-athletes are in Fort Collins, she oversees their daily eligibility and, when necessary, creates applications for NCAA and Mountain West petitions, such as medical hardship waivers.
Shanker came to Fort Collins from the University of Florida Athletic Association, where she served as a compliance assistant from 2006-08, when the Gators won two national championships in football and another in men's basketball. Prior to that, she worked as a graduate assistant in the compliance office at Kansas, her alma mater, from 2004-06.
Owner of two degrees from the University of Kansas, she earned a bachelor's in psychology ('03) and a Juris Doctor ('06) from the institution's School of Law. Previously affiliated with the Kansas Bar Association and the American Bar Association, she is licensed to practice law in the Federal District Court in the District of Kansas and in the state of Kansas. She also works with the Minority Opportunity Athletic Association, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators, and the National Association for Athletics Compliance.
Born Dec. 17, 1980, in Jefferson City, Mo., she is a graduate of Paola (Kan.) High School. Shalini is single and makes her home in Fort Collins.