Statement of Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum on the passing of former SEC Commissioner Mike Slive:

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“As the current president of the Southeastern Conference, it’s clear to all that our league is the constant beneficiary of Commissioner Mike Slive’s vision, wisdom, and business acumen. His leadership singularly transformed the SEC into the premier athletic conference in the NCAA. It is not hyperbole to state that no individual has had more impact on intercollegiate athletics in America over the past quarter-century than Mike Slive. On a personal level, it has been one of the great privileges of my life to have known Commissioner Slive and to have closely observed his leadership, his kindness, and his nurturing spirit. Mike’s profound influence on my life and work will abide and I remain grateful for it. My thoughts and prayers are with Liz and their wonderful family in these difficult hours.”