June 21, 2021
Stevan Whitt and members of the Southeastern Conference's Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force were recently named recipients of the Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award. Whitt serves as the chief clinical officer of MU Health Care, the senior associate dean for clinical affairs at the University of Missouri School of Medicine and an associate professor of medicine in the divisions of pulmonary and critical care medicine and infectious diseases.
"Individually and collectively, the leaders serving on the Conference's Medical Guidance Task Force are deserving of this recognition," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "Each contributed an incredible amount of time and effort to lend his or her expertise as we worked to meet the many challenges associated with developing policies and protocols supporting the healthy return to competition throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of their efforts, thousands of SEC student-athletes have been able to participate in their chosen sports, compete for championships and create lifelong memories with their teammates that otherwise may have never been possible without the contributions of these talented individuals."
The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference.