As the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Mike Slive has overseen perhaps the greatest era of success since the league was founded in 1933 while helping shape the landscape of college sports as a national leader in intercollegiate athletics.
Named to the post on July 2, 2002, the SEC has enjoyed unprecedented championship success under Slive's leadership. He led the adoption of a new and effective league-wide NCAA compliance initiative, engineered landmark television contracts including the launch of a conference network, and guided the conference through expansion, welcoming two new institutions.
The hallmark of this golden age of the SEC remains a remarkable seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series national titles in football. In all, the SEC has won 75 national championships in 17 of its 21 sponsored sports during Slive's tenure as SEC Commissioner.
His impact has been felt far beyond the footprint of the SEC. The founding commissioner of two conferences, he was also the founder of a law firm which assisted NCAA institutions in compliance matters, a Director of Athletics and a member of numerous leadership committees during the course of his career. More recently, Slive has helped craft the new College Football Playoff and is a leader in the historic effort to reorganize the NCAA for the purpose of creating a governance structure that provides maximum opportunities for student-athletes.
As the SEC enters the fifth year of landmark broadcast agreements with CBS and ESPN, the league will launch the SEC Network in August 2014, a national network that will bring more than 1000 events into the homes and to the mobile devices of college sports fans across the country. These agreements make the league the most widely distributed conference on television in the nation and also secure the financial health of the SEC and its member institutions for years to come.
Since Slive's arrival at the SEC in 2002, he has developed initiatives designed to maintain and improve the SEC's preeminent position in intercollegiate athletics, both on and off the fields of play. These include:
• The SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement which developed policies and procedures to assist league schools in NCAA and SEC matters. The task force issued its first report at the 2004 SEC Spring Meetings.
• SEC University (SECU), the conference's academic initiative. SECU was created in 2005 to increase academic cooperation across the league by linking the resources of the conference's member institutions.
• The SEC Minority Coaches Database, an annual compilation of names and biographical information of every minority head and assistant football coach on the Division I level which is distributed to every SEC school and every conference in Division I.
• An SEC Sportsmanship initiative consisting of policies and procedures designed to foster sportsmanship and prevent inappropriate fan behavior.
Since joining the SEC, Slive has served as coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series (2006-08) and served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee (2008-09). In 2002-03, Slive served on the Commission of Athletics Opportunity, established by the United States Secretary of Education to review the workings of Title IX.
Slive served as chair of the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee and was chair of the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee. He served as president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) from 2001-03, was also on the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2004 and is the former chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA.
Slive previously was the first commissioner of Conference USA from 1995-2002 and was the first commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference upon its founding in 1991.
A native of Utica, N.Y., Slive graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1965 and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.
Slive and his wife of 46 years, Liz, have a daughter, Anna; son-in-law, Judd Harwood; and granddaughter, Abigail who is two years old.
Mike Slive: A Closer Look
Athletics Administration Experience
1968-69 - Assistant Director of Athletics, Dartmouth College
1979-81 - Assistant Executive Director, Pac-10 Conference
1981-83 - Director of Athletics, Cornell University
1991-95 - Commissioner, Great Midwest Conference
1995-2002 - Commissioner, Conference USA
2002-present - Commissioner, Southeastern Conference
Membership on Boards & Committees
• Commission on Athletic Opportunity (Reviewing Title IX)(Appointed by President Bush on 6/28/02)
• NCAA Management Council [1997-2004]
• NCAA Management Council Subcommittee to Review Automatic Qualification
• NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee (Chair) [1993-2002]
• NCAA Football USA (Chair, Board of Directors) [1998-2003]
• NCAA Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues [1998-99]
• National Letter of Intent Steering Committee (Chair) [2002-08]
• Collegiate Commissioners Association (President) [2001-03]
• Division I-A Commissioners (Chair) [1999-2001]
• Sports Lawyers Association (Board of Directors) [1997-2001]
• Board of Advisors/Marquette Sports Law Institute [1999-present]
• Bowl Championship Series Coordinator (2006-08)
• NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee (2004-09); Chair (2008-09)