Executive Associate Commissioner / COO Commissioner-Select Southeastern Conference
Greg Sankey is in his 13th year as a member of the Southeastern Conference staff, and serves as Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the league office, a position he has held since 2012. On March 12, 2015, Sankey was named Commissioner-Select of the Southeastern Conference and will succeed Mike Slive as the league's commissioner upon Slive's retirement on July 31, 2015.
Sankey has been an integral part of Commissioner Slive's efforts to reshape the SEC's governance, enforcement and compliance program, and he also oversees the SEC's championships staff. He is active within the NCAA committee structure, which includes his current service on the Division I Legislative Council, Committee on Academic Performance and the NCAA Committee on Infractions for which he currently serves as chairman.
Prior to joining the SEC staff, Sankey was Commissioner of the Southland Conference for nearly seven years. He joined the Southland Conference staff in 1992 where he served as both assistant and associate commissioner before he was named commissioner in 1996.
Prior to his term at the Southland Conference he was director of compliance and academic services at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. While at Northwestern State, Sankey also coached the Demons' golf teams for two years, earning the Golf Coaches Association of America District VI Coach of the Year award in 1991. Previous to his tenure at Northwestern State, he was the director of intramural sports at Utica College in upstate New York.
A native of Auburn, New York, Sankey earned his master's degree from Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland. Sankey and his wife, Cathy, reside in Birmingham, Alabama, and have two daughters, Hannah Michelle (22) and Moriah Elizabeth (18).