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Michael Slive

Michael (Mike) Lawrence Slive (born July 26, 1940) is the current commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), an American college athletics association. As part of his role as the SEC Commissioner, he served as the coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series for the 2006 and 2007 regular seasons. He is also a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee through September 2009 and will serve as the chairman of the committee for the 2008-2009 academic year.

Slive became the seventh commissioner of the SEC on July 1, 2002. He 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, NY, Slive graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1962. He earned a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1965 and an LL.M. from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1966. Early in his career, he practiced law in New Hampshire, served as judge of the Hanover, N.H. District Court from 1972-77, and was a partner in a Chicago law firm. He was assistant director of athletics at Dartmouth College, assistant executive director of the Pacific-10 Conference, and director of athletics at Cornell University (1981-83). In 1990, he became senior partner and founder of the Mike Slive-Mike Glazier Sports Group, a legal practice specializing in representing colleges and universities in athletics-related matters.

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