The FSU Student Alumni Association (SAA) was founded in 1979 by Ron Hill, of the Dean of Students Office, and Meredith Smith, of the FSU Foundation, Inc. Both served as SAA’s first advisors to the program. SAA was originally founded as the Student Alumni Foundation, or SAF. In an effort to build the program at Florida State, Mr. Hill and Ms. Smith took students interested in SAF on a trip to Indiana University to visit their Student Alumni Association. This visit was the starting point for the FSU SAF. After a few years, the FSU Foundation felt the SAF could grow further under new leadership, and consequently, the SAF moved under the guidance of the FSU Alumni Association. Associate Director of the FSU Alumni Association, Phil Barco, became the new advisor and in 1992 SAF formally changed its name to the Student Alumni Association.