FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference has promoted Thomas Samuel to the position of associate commissioner for compliance services, league Commissioner Tom Burnett announced Monday. Samuel has served the past year as assistant commissioner.“We are very pleased to announce this promotion of Thomas Samuel to associate commissioner,” said Burnett. “Since joining our staff last year, Thomas has expertly managed the compliance needs of the Conference, and has provided legislative expertise and excellent service to the athletic programs of our member institutions.” Samuel joined the Southland in July 2017 after serving on the compliance staff at Texas State University since 2013. The Ruston, La., native earned his bachelor’s degree from Centenary College in 1997, and later earned a master’s degree from Middle Tennessee State. He earned a juris doctorate in 2013 from the University of Memphis Law School. In his role, Samuel oversees all NCAA legislative services for the Southland, serves as a liaison to campus compliance contacts, athletic administrators, coaches and student-athletes, is the staff conduit to the NCAA Academic and Membership Affairs staff, and administers the Conference’s National Letter of Intent and NCAA Coaches’ Certification programs.