Slive has served in that role since 2002, and is widely recognized, along with the Big Ten’s Jim Delany, to be among the most influential men in college athletics.
During Slive’s tenure, the SEC has become the most powerful and successful league in college football. The conference won football national titles in 2003 (LSU), 2006 (Florida), 2007 (LSU), 2008 (Florida) and 2009 (Alabama). Slive also helped negotiate the league’s lucrative 15-year, television deal with CBS and ESPN. That deal pays out an estimated $17 million per year to each of its members.
Before taking over as SEC commissioner, Slive served as commissioner of Conference USA from its founding in 1995 through 2002.
Slive has a B.A. from Dartmouth College, a J.D. from the University of Virginia and an LLM from Georgetown University.