SEC Commissioner Mike Slive to Retire

SEC commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday he will retire from his position on July 31, 2015.
Oct. 16, 2014 OXFORD, Miss. – Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday he will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, after serving as the head of the SEC for 13 years. He also said he is beginning treatment for a recurrence of prostate cancer for which he was treated in the late 1990s.

"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," said Slive in a press release issued by the SEC. "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."

Below are comments from Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork, Ole Miss chancellor Dr. Dan Jones and Ole Miss faculty athletics representative Ron Rychlak, who is also a member of the SEC Executive Committee.

Bjork on Slive…
“Mike Slive established a new standard for broad-based success in all areas of athletics, compliance, academics and exposure for the SEC. His wisdom and respect at the national level allowed the SEC and all member institutions to achieve unprecedented growth and triumph during his tenure. The entire collegiate athletic world is grateful he has led the charge on important national matters such as NCAA governance and the new college football playoff system.
 
“On a personal level, Mike Slive is simply a great man who I have enjoyed watching and learning from the past two-and-a-half years. We will cherish working with him the rest of this academic year and wish Mike, Liz and his family the best.”

Jones on Slive…
“Commissioner Slive’s amazing career will be studied in the classrooms of higher education as one of the truly outstanding examples of visionary leadership. His influence is noted nationwide, not just within SEC universities. His impact is felt in academics, not just in athletic competition. And his many achievements will be evident to all long after he has retired. Our thoughts and prayers will be with Commissioner Slive as he focuses on his health, and we’ll think of him every time the fans shout, ‘S-E-C, S-E-C.’”

Rychlak on Slive…
“It has been my great honor to work alongside some amazingly talented leaders. None have been more impressive than Mike Slive.

“The commissioner has a welcoming and friendly way about him, but you should never mistake that for weakness. He has the confidence of a man who knows his business and stands firm for what he believes, and his record of accomplishment at the SEC more than attests to that.

“Mike Slive has shaped the face of college sports, and as a fan, I am grateful for what he did. On a personal level, I have always found him delightful, funny and well informed. He went out of his way to meet with a group of students I took to Birmingham earlier this year. It was a true highlight for each of them and for me. I hope he will continue to be part of the SEC for many, many years.”
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