SANDESTIN, Fla. ----- The 2019 Southeastern Conference Spring Meetings concluded Friday at the Hilton SanDestin Beach Resort. The annual gathering included meetings of the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors, Athletics Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletics Representatives, Head Football Coaches and Head Men's and Women's Basketball Coaches.
Following Friday's meetings, SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey addressed the media and discussed several topics.
** On Thursday night, Florida track and field student-athlete Sam Ahrenholz and Auburn equestrian student-athlete Megan Rauh were honored as the Brad Davis Community Service Leaders of the Year. In addition, Vanderbilt bowling student-athlete Kristin Quah and Texas A&M track and field student-athlete were honored as the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athletes of the Year. Dr. Gabriela Gonzalez of LSU was honored as the SEC Professor of the Year.
**In the most recent compilation of APR statistics, 26 percent of all SEC teams are among the NCAA's top-10 percent award winning programs.
"As we support student-athletes and prepare them academically, we have done well," Sankey said. "We have no one in the threat zone, which is progress for us."
**A new slate of officers have been nominated to the SEC Executive Committee. University of South Carolina President Dr. Harris Pastides, who will retire later this summer, had chaired the SEC's Presidents and Chancellors in the last year. He will be succeeded by University of Kentucky President Dr. Eli Capilouto. President Jere Morehead of the University of Georgia will serve as Vice Chair, while Dr. Kent Fuchs, President of the University of Florida, will serve as Third President of the Executive Committee.
**The SEC announced on Friday a revision to its existing limitations on the availability of alcoholic beverages at athletics events. Under this revised policy, each institution in the Conference now has the autonomy to determine the permissibility of selling alcoholic beverages in its athletics venues, subject to certain Conference-wide alcohol management expectations.
"We are committed as a conference to ensuring that the changes in this policy are implemented in ways that respect and sustain our attendance success," Sankey said.