Selected as minority leader in intercollegiate athletics
Shalini Shanker enters her sixth year in the Colorado State athletic department. She originally joined the Rams on June 10, 2009, as assistant director of compliance.
In December of 2012, then director of athletics Jack Graham promoted her to associate athletic director/compliance. She also handles sport adminstrative duties, overseeing women's golf and softball.
Shanker was a driving force behindthe creationRambition in the fall of 2013. The female student-athlete group strives to enhance the experience females student-athletes have as both students and athletes while cultivating a network amongst each other and women in the community. The overall purpose of the program is to help female student-athletes leave Colorado State University as stronger individuals prepared for the next chapter of their lives.
Shanker 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 NCAA legislation and rules interpretations, in addition to serving as the liason to admissions, financial aid, housing and the registrar's office.
She is agraduate of the 2012 NCAA Leadership Institute and began 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 serves on the NAAC Reasonable Standards Committee. Once student-athletes are in Fort Collins, she oversees their eligibility and, when necessary, creates applications for NCAA and Mountain West 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 in Jefferson City, Mo. Shalini is single and makes her home in Fort Collins.
Updated: October 2014
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