SEC Commissioner Mike Slive discusses health condition, retirement plans

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday he will retire as on July 31, 2015, after serving in that position for 13 years.

He also stated he is beginning treatment for prostate cancer, which he was also treated for in the late 1990s.

“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.”

His cancer was diagnosed after a surgical procedure in August of this year. A release stated that his prognosis is good and he will continue to carry out his responsibilities from the SEC Office and his home office in Birmingham, but his travel and appearances may be limited for the near future.

Following his retirement, Slive will serve as a consultant to the conference for four additional years.

A national search for his successor will commence this fall, said Nick Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University, who serves as chair of the SEC presidents and chancellors.