It was announced Thursday that Greg Sankey has been named the eighth commissioner of the Southeastern Conference by the presidents and chancellors of the SEC. Per SECSports.com:
Greg Sankey, in his 13th year as a member of the Southeastern Conference staff, has served as Executive Associate Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer for the league office since 2012. Sankey will succeed Mike Slive who has served as SEC commissioner since 2002 and who announced last October that he will retire effective July 31, 2015.
"The institutions of the Southeastern Conference searched for a commissioner who would carry forward the momentum of success enjoyed by the SEC over the last decade while also possessing a vision for change in the modern era of college athletics," said Zeppos. "Greg Sankey's experience with our institutions, his respect on the national landscape, his understanding of the balance of athletics and academics, and his passion for the welfare of student-athletes make him the perfect leader for the SEC."
Sankey is a native of Auburn, New York, Sankey earned his master's degree from Syracuse University and his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York College at Cortland.
Prior to joining the SEC staff, Sankey was Commissioner of the Southland Conference for seven years.