Mississippi State Univeristy president Mark E. Kennum was elected to a two-year term as president of the SEC by his colleagues at the SEC meetings in Destin, Fla., on Friday.
Keenum will head the conference’s executive committee which helps fill conference vacancies, approves and ratifies conference contracts and agreements and helps institute disciplinary matters.
He replaces Vanderbilt chancellor Nicholas Zeppos, who held the role for the previous two years.
“I am honored to be chosen to lead and to help direct policy in the most prestigious athletic conference in the nation,” Keenum said in a press release. “I appreciate the support of my colleagues in the conference during this exciting time in the history of the SEC. Because of my deep respect for the late Dr. Donald Zacharias, it is very meaningful to me to be the first MSU president to lead the SEC since his exemplary service in that same post more than 25 years ago.”
Keenum has been very involved in SEC governance matters.
He recently completed a one-year term as the conference’s vice president. He also served as the conference’s representative to the College Football Playoff’s Board of Managers, which helps manage the business side of the College Football Playoff.