Class of 2015
Category: Distinguished American Sportsman
Birthplace: Utica, NY
Administrator - Visionary - Leader
Born July 26, 1940 in Utica, NY, Slive graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School in 1965 and an LLM from Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.
Commissioner Slive was the seventh Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference since its founding in 1933. He was named Commissioner in July of 2002. During his tenure the SEC has won 75 national championships in 17 of its 21 sponsored sports. Many believe that under his leadership the conference has had its greatest era of success, especially when you consider the remarkable run of seven consecutive Bowl Championship Series national titles in football.
Off the field he led the adoption of a new and effective league wide NCAA compliance initiative, and oversaw the most successful launch of a cable network in the history of cable (the SEC Network in August of 2014). He presided over the expansion of the conference from twelve to fourteen institutions. In 2005, SECU was established as the conference’s academic initiative, to increase academic cooperation across the league by linking the resources of the conference’s member institutions.
He has served on numerous NCAA Committees including the coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series (2006-08) and chaired the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2008-09). He also served on the Commission of Athletics Opportunity, established by the United States Secretary of Education to review the workings of Title IX (2002-03).
Prior to his arrival as SEC Commissioner, he was the first commissioner of Conference USA (1995-2002) and was the first Commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference upon its founding in 1991. He was the founder of a law firm which assisted NCAA institutions in compliance matters. Slive was also the Director of Athletics at Cornell University from 1981-83.
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