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SEC Commissioner Mike Slive to Deliver Sport Innovators Keynote Address at UMass

by TSBX | April 16th, 2014

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Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive will deliver his keynote address as part of the Executive-in-Residence program at the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management at the Isenberg School of Management, UMass Amherst. Slive has been a driving force in collegiate athletics administration, leading one of the most dominant conferences in college athletics through a remarkable period of sustained competitive success.

During Slive’s tenure, the SEC has achieved tremendous athletic success, claiming 62 national championships in 16 of 21 league sponsored sports, including eight BCS crowns. The conference is currently preparing for the August 2014 launch of the SEC Network – a multi-platform television and digital network created through a partnership with ESPN. The McCormack Department welcomes Slive to the UMass Amherst campus for a three-day visit for the Mark H. McCormack Executive-in-Residence program. Slive will deliver the Sport Innovators Keynote Address “The Golden Age of the Southeastern Conference: The Intersection of Preparation and Opportunity” on Wednesday, April 16th. The keynote address will be available to watch live online courtesy of the Sports Business Education Network. The stream will begin at 7:30pm ET.


“We are thrilled to have Mike Slive as our Executive-in-Residence,” said Lisa Masteralexis, sport management department head. “Mike has been a prominent sports industry leader and an important voice at the forefront of the dominant issues in a rapidly evolving collegiate athletics landscape. His experience and perspective gained in various leadership roles at universities and athletic conferences will be invaluable to our students, faculty “I am honored to be named the Mark H. McCormack Executive-in-Residence,” said Slive. “I look forward to interacting with students and faculty on the UMass Amherst campus and sharing my experience in collegiate administration with a future generation of sports practitioners.”

Since Slive has been at the SEC, he has served as coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series (2006-08) and chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (2008-09). In 2002-03, Slive served on the Commission of Athletic Opportunity, set up by the U.S. Secretary of Education to review the workings of Title IX. Slive was instrumental in the development of the new College Football Playoff, which will begin with the 2014-15 season. Slive served as chair of the first NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee and was chair of the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee. He served as president of the Collegiate Commissioners Association (CCA) from 2001-03, was on the NCAA Management Council from 1997-2004 and is the former chair of the Board of Directors of NCAA Football USA. Slive previously was the first commissioner of Conference USA from 1995-2002 and was the first commissioner of the Great Midwest Conference upon its founding in 1991. A native of Utica, N.Y., 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 the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966.

Created in 1972, the McCormack Department of Sport Management is the second oldest degree program of its kind in the world, and the largest and most academically diverse department in the nation. The McCormack Department of Sport Management is housed in an AACSB accredited business school and has been hailed by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sports Business Journal,,, and other publications as a leader in its field. The department is also home to the McCormack Center for Sport Research and Education, which focuses on research and educational partnerships between the sport industry and academia.

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