Redding replaces Bobby Gaston, who served the SEC as the football officiating coordinator since 1988. Gaston also worked on the field for 25 years prior to his appointment as the league's coordinator.
"We are extremely excited to have someone of Rogers' experience and knowledge to help direct our football officiating," said Slive. "The lineage of officiating philosophies between Bobby and Rogers has developed through the years and will give the SEC strong leadership in our officiating program for years to come."
Redding is the author of an annual publication entitled, "Redding's Study Guide to the NCAA Football Rules" as well as 20 articles on college football officiating.
He has worked on the field for eight post-season bowl games, including three national championship contests – 1991 Orange Bowl (Colorado vs. Notre Dame), 1993 Sugar Bowl (Alabama vs. Miami) and the 1998 Rose Bowl (Washington State vs. Michigan). He was also the referee for the 1999 SEC Championship Game between Alabama and Florida.
"I am thrilled to be taking on these new responsibilities in the SEC, which is certainly the nation's premier athletics conference," said Redding. "Bobby Gaston has built the finest college football officiating program in America, and my goal is to build on the solid foundation he has laid. I am particularly grateful to Commissioner Slive for giving me this opportunity to pursue my passion for intercollegiate athletics."
Redding has a distinguished background in academia, having last served as the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs since 2003. Since 1969, he has held leadership roles at Northern Kentucky University, United States Air Force Academy and the University of North Texas.
The Georgetown, Kentucky, native earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Georgia Tech in 1965 and his doctorate in Physical Chemistry from Vanderbilt in 1969.
Redding and his wife, Shirley, have four children—Jeff Redding and Jon Redding, both of Atlanta, Chris Rubrecht of Wilder, Kentucky, and MacKenzie Rubrecht of Phoenix—as well as four grandchildren.