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Jaila Tolbert

Student - Athlete
Virginia Tech

Jaila Tolbert

Minneapolis, MN

Virginia Tech Volleyball Student-Athlete (ACC)

t-side hitter on Virginia Tech Women’s Volleyball team. Throughout her college career, she has enjoyed majoring in international studies with a concentration in business. In addition to her major, she also hopes to earn a minor in Chinese studies and has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.53. In her four years, the Minnesota native has earned a spot on the ACC Academic Honor Roll and the Virginia Tech Athletic Director’s Honor Roll each year. She also has made the Virginia Tech Dean’s List five times. As a captain on her team, Tolbert is a true example of a leader on the court and in Virginia Tech’s Athletics Department. Off the court, she acts as the student-athlete voice at the conference level and spearheads the Hokies at the national level. On campus, she has served on Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years and currently holds the role as president on the four-person executive team. She values improving herself by participating in voluntary leadership development workshops offered throughout the school year through the VT Athletics’ Next Level Leadership Institute. With this being said, Tolbert has taken her leadership even further by serving as a representative on ACC SAAC and NCAA Division I SAAC. Within these roles, Tolbert sits on multiple subcommittees including the Student-Athlete Experience subcommittee of the NCAA, the ACC Legislation Committee, ACC Transfer Working Group, and the President’s Council within ACC SAAC. Not only has she proven her commitment to improving the student-athlete experience on her campus and across the country, but she continuously seeks to be a student first and learn from others. Beyond school and sport, Tolbert enjoys traveling, is extremely passionate about food, and hopes to become a model servant-leader in her community. Currently, she is unsure of her plans following graduation.

Wednesday, December 05

The Student Athlete Experience

One of the most talked-about sessions from the 2017 Forum. Current student athletes, including National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalists, will discuss the benefits of playing college sports and their academic, athletic and social experience.

Moderator: Jack Ford, Emmy and Peabody Award-Winning Journalist and Board Member, National Football Foundation
De'Arius Christmas, Student - Athlete, Grambling State University
Noah Knight, Former Student - Athlete, University of Missouri - Kansas City; and Chair, Division-I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, NCAA
Michael Nzei, Student - Athlete, Seton Hall University
Dalton Risner, Student - Athlete, Kansas State University
Enna Selmanovic, Student - Athlete, University of Cincinnati
Jaila Tolbert, Student - Athlete, Virginia Tech