Greg Sankey will replace Mike Slive as commissioner of the SEC when Slive retires this summer, the conference announced Thursday.
Sankey has been the conference's executive associate commissioner and chief operating officer since 2012. He spent almost seven years as the commissioner of the Southland Conference before joining the SEC.
"Greg possesses all of the traits we were searching for in the next commissioner of the SEC," Arkansas chancellor Dr. David Gearhart, the chairman of the SEC's search committee, said in a statement. Gearhart added that Sankey had the skills to manage the conference's relationship with student-athletes going forward.
"He has shown tremendous leadership in his existing role in the conference office and he exudes a passion for the student-athlete that is critical for the new era of college athletics that we have entered. He is the right person to lead the SEC at an important time in our history."
Slive announced in October that he will retire on July 31, after 13 years as commissioner.
- Dan Gartland