BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- William King has been named Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Compliance for the Southeastern Conference, it was announced Tuesday by SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey.
In his new role, King will lead the Conference's existing governance and compliance staff, serve as an advisor for institutions on NCAA regulatory matters, maintain and improve upon Conference-wide efforts to fulfill SEC and NCAA compliance expectations, provide advice and counsel to the Commissioner, and serve as the Conference's first-ever internal legal counsel.
"I am excited William will be joining the SEC office as Associate Commissioner for Legal Affairs and Compliance," Sankey said. "He has established himself as a national leader on NCAA enforcement and compliance matters, and has unique experience in working with universities, coaches and student-athletes on infractions and eligibility cases. William also has enjoyed a distinguished legal career, which will serve the SEC well as we look to our future."
King, who was awarded his bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University in 1986, earned his law degree in 1989 from Vanderbilt University where he studied under current Vanderbilt Chancellor Nick Zeppos.
"William is an outstanding addition to the SEC in a critical area for our conference office," said Zeppos, who also serves as the current president of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors. "William's level of expertise and experience in NCAA matters as well as his uncompromising integrity make him the ideal person to serve our membership in this capacity."
King, a native of Luverne, Alabama, has been an attorney with the firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White since the firm was formed in 1990. He incorporated a keen interest in college sports into his daily law practice, representing universities from the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, Conference USA, American Athletic, Big West and Big South Conferences on various NCAA compliance and legal issues. He also has represented and consulted with collegiate coaches and administrators in NCAA compliance matters.
"I am very excited and honored to be joining the SEC," said King. "Greg and I have worked closely together in the past, and I look forward to being a part of his team and working to fulfill his vision for the Conference and its members."
King has represented universities and coaches before the NCAA Committee on Infractions regularly over the past decade. King has also been a frequent speaker on compliance issues on campuses across the country.
In addition to his college sports practice, King has represented employers in employment-related issues in both state and federal courts for more than two decades.
William has been a member of the Alabama Bar since 1989. Prior to joining the Lightfoot firm, he was a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert S. Vance on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
King, 51, and his wife, Dolly, have three children.