Mike Slive will retire as commissioner of the Southeastern Conference on July 31, 2015, the SEC announced Tuesday in a press release.
The SEC also reports Slive is beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated in the late 1990's. The release states his prognosis is good, and he will carry out his responsibilities as commissioner until that retirement date.
“I have been blessed in more ways than I can count and I will have as much passion for this job on my last day as I did on my first,” Slive said in the release. “I consider my health situation a temporary detour in a remarkable road that has allowed me to meet amazing people, experience incredible events and celebrate historic victories. I will relish my final year in this position and look forward to being the biggest fan of the SEC for many years to come.”
A national search for his successor will begin in the fall.
Following his retirement, Slive will serve as a consultant to the conference for a four-year period.
Slive served in the position of SEC commissioner for 13 years, overseeing an unprecedented era of growth in the conference.
You can read the full press release on the TSD Message Board linked below and discuss what this means for the future of the SEC.
SEC commish Mike Slive to retire in 2015
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