Alumnus to Oversee SEC Men's Basketball
An Asbury University graduate, Mark Whitworth ’84, has been named the associate commissioner for men’s basketball for the Southeastern Conference.
“SEC basketball is a world class sport with great tradition and all the elements are here to grow the sport and the brand,” Whitworth said. “I am excited to work with the commissioner and our coaches to elevate men’s basketball to a level of even higher success.”
The newly created position includes responsibility for serving as a liaison to conference coaches, overseeing the conference tournament, coordinating non-conference scheduling, preparing the conference schedule and working closely with SEC media partners. Previously, Whitworth, a 25-year member of the SEC staff, served as associate commissioner for external affairs.
“We are pleased to have a senior leader who is able to focus exclusively on SEC men’s basketball and Mark is ideal for the role,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive in a prepared statement. “Based on his experience with the conference and our coaches, as well as his relationships with our partners, Mark will be a full-time advocate for and effectively manage our efforts to promote and enhance SEC basketball.”
Whitworth has remained involved with the University through the years as a member of the Board of Trustees, Chapel speaker, and panel discussion leader during a conference titled “Faith in a Culture of Competition” in 2012. A physical education major, he credits Asbury with teaching him many things he would later use on a daily basis in his work with the SEC.
“The mission of the institution has never been more relevant,” Whitworth said to students. “I’m grateful the way God has used Asbury in my life. I encourage you to drink up the unique opportunity you have to establish a Biblical worldview that will serve you well for a lifetime.”