Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive will retire from his position on July 31, 2015, the conference announced Tuesday.
Slive also announced that he is starting treatment for prostate cancer, for which he was treated in the 1990s. Though his prognosis is good, Slive may be forced to limit his responsibilities as commissioner -- particularly travel and appearances -- until his retirement.
Slive has served as commissioner since 2002.
Under Slive's leadership, the SEC has grown into the country's preeminent football conference. The SEC has won seven of the last eight college football national titles, including seven straight from 2006-2012.
The conference has won 67 national championships in 15 different sports under Slive's watch.
According to Forbes, as of this April the SEC was worth $271 million, making it the nation's fourth-most valuable college athletics conference. Last August, the conference and ESPN launched the SEC Network, a new channel dedicated entirely to the conference.
Slive has also been instrumental in re-shaping college athletics. He helped develop the College Football Playoff, which will debut this season. He has also taken a leading role in helping reorganize the NCAA, including the push for Power 5 autonomy.
From the release:
"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. "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."
The SEC announced that Slive will be a consultant to the league for four years after his retirement.
- Stanley Kay