Slive succeeds Roy Kramer, the former Vanderbilt athletics director who held the commissioner post for 12 years before announcing his retirement on March 12.
The 61-year-old Slive, a former judge who holds law degrees from the University of Virginia and Georgetown University, has served as Conference USA's commissioner since its inception seven years ago. He has also served as a district court judge in the state of New Hampshire.
"We're delighted to have Mike Slive join the Southeastern Conference and serve as its Commissioner," said Dr. White. "We think that Mike will build on the success that the SEC enjoyed under Roy Kramer. Mike is familiar with the league and he has been active on NCAA committees.
"He will bring the same level of commitment to excellence that Commissioner Kramer has done the past 12 years. We're excited about what Mike will be able to do working with the presidents and chancellors, athletics directors and coaches of the SEC in the league's continuing efforts to be the premier athletic conference in the nation."
Slive was selected by the chief executive officers of the 12 Southeastern Conference institutions. He is scheduled to begin his duties as SEC Commissioner on August 1, 2002.
"It is an honor and privilege to be selected as the seventh Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference - the finest athletic conference in the country," said Slive. "I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the presidents and chancellors, athletics directors and coaches to build on the conferences' past successes to meet the challenges of the future and to continue the conferences' winning traditions both on the field and in the classroom."
Slive, who also currently serves as chairman of the NCAA's Appeals Committee and has a background in enforcement, is familiar with matters of compliance, a key qualification given the fact that two SEC schools are currently under NCAA sanctions, and others have investigations pending.
''The SEC is a great conference, and Roy Kramer has been a great commissioner," East Carolina Athletic Director Mike Hambrick told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in Monday's edition. "But I'm telling you, they won't miss a beat with Mike Slive. No matter what the situation, Mike will always have a plan and he will always be several steps ahead of everybody else in the room.''
Slive, his wife Elizabeth and daughter Anna, will be relocating to Birmingham from Chicago.
Full Name: Michael Lawrence Slive
Born: July 26, 1940
Hometown: Utica, N.Y.
Family: Wife: Elizabeth
Undergraduate: Dartmouth College B.A., 1962
Graduate: University of Virginia JD, 1965
Georgetown University LLM, 1966
E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship in Trial Advocacy
Athletic Administration Experience
1968-69 Assistant Director of Athletics Dartmouth College
1979-81 Assistant Executive Director Pacific-10 Conference
1981-83 Director of Athletics Cornell University
1991-95 Commissioner Great Midwest Conference
1995-2002 Commissioner Conference USA
2002- Commissioner Southeastern Conference
1969-77 Partner Stebbins & Bradley, Hanover, N.H.
1972-77 Judge of Hanover (N.H.) District Court
1977-79 Judicial Master & Clerk of Grafton County (N.H.) Superior Court
1983-86 Founder Law Offices of Michael L. Slive, Hanover, N.H.
1986-91 Partner Coffield Ungaretti & Harris, Chicago, Ill.
1990-91 Senior Partner and Founder Slive-Glazier Sports Group, Chicago, Ill. & Kansas City, Mo.
Membership on Boards and Committees
Commission on Athletic Opportunity (Reviewing Title IX) (Appointed by President Bush on 6/28/02)
NCAA Management Council [1997-2002]
NCAA Management Council Membership Subcommittee
NCAA Management Council Subcommittee to Review Automatic Qualification
NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee (Chair) [1993- ]
NCAA Football USA (Chair, Board of Directors) [1998- ]
NCAA Division I Working Group to Study Basketball Issues [1998-99]
National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee (Chair) [1993- ]
Collegiate Commissioners Association (President) [2001- ]
Division I-A Commissionrs (Chair) [1999-2001]
Sports Lawyers Association (Board of Directors) [1997-2001]
Board of Advisors of Marquette Sports Law Institute [1999- ]