"I had the pleasure of serving on the search committee that brought Mike Slive to the SEC," Adams said. "I was most pleased with his selection then and feel even better today given the exemplary leadership he has provided for this conference. I join my fellow presidents in saying how very pleased we are that Mike has agreed to continue to be Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference."
Slive, 65, became the seventh commissioner of the SEC on July 1, 2002. He 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.
"I am pleased that the Presidents have extended my contract as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference," said Slive. "Through the efforts of our institutions and our conference office staff, we have been able to meet the goals, objectives and challenges that continue to make the SEC one of the nation's top intercollegiate athletic conferences. I look forward to working with our institutions in continuing to make the Southeastern Conference a place where our student-athletes can achieve excellence in their athletic and academic endeavors."
(NOTE: The vote was not revealed, but almost certainly was unanimous. Alabama would definitely have voted for the extension.)
A native of Utica, N.Y., Slive graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a juris doctor degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1965 and an LLM from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966. Early in his career, he practiced law in New Hampshire, served as judge of the Hanover, N.H. District Court from 1972-77, and was a partner in a Chicago law firm. He was assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth College, assistant executive director of the Pacific-10 Conference, and director of athletics at Cornell University. In 1990, he became senior partner and founder of the Mike Slive-Mike Glazier Sports Group, a legal practice specializing in representing colleges and universities in athletics-related matters.
Slive was instrumental in the development of a national summit on sportsmanship and fan behavior, held in Feb. 2003, and the creation of the SEC Academic Consortium, coordinating efforts to bolster teaching, research, public service and other educational activities, by linking resources of the 12 SEC Schools. He has developed an initiative to ensure gender and ethnic diversity in the SEC. He has also been instrumental in the SEC Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement, which issued its first report to the league in 2004.
Slive served as chair of the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee and is presently chairman of the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee and was former chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA. He served as president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association from 2001-03 and was also on the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2004. He is on the Executive Committee of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics and also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Marquette Sports Law Institution. He begins his second year on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee.
The contract includes an additional option year through July 31, 2010.