05/24/2013 10:50 AM
BATON ROUGE – The Southeastern Conference announced today that Herb Vincent has been
hired as Associate Commissioner for Communications for the conference.
Vincent currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor for University Relations and
Senior Associate Athletics Director at LSU. He will begin his new role with the SEC
“Herb brings a wealth of experience as well as energy and passion for the SEC,” said
Commissioner Mike Slive. “His experience at LSU and other levels of sports and sports
television will be a tremendous addition to the team. We are excited to have him back
in Birmingham as a part of our conference staff and I know he’s excited to get to
work on making the SEC family even stronger. ”
Vincent previously worked on the SEC staff from 1986 to 1987 as Assistant Director
of Public Relations and served in increasing communications roles at LSU from 1998
until 2000 and again from 2002 until 2013 where he currently oversees communications
and serves as the primary public relations officer for LSU. He supervises the sports
information office and marketing and promotions office, serves as the primary liaison
with LSU Sports Properties, and is the department administrator for baseball.
“Herb Vincent has served Louisiana State University magnificently,” Interim LSU System
President and Chancellor William Jenkins said. “I deeply regret losing him to the
Southeastern Conference, and I will miss him greatly. But this is a wonderful opportunity
for him moving forward. He’s been superb. He is competent in every respect and has
been responsive to our needs. We could not have had a more effective leader of our
Communications and University Relations program. He could not have done more through
some difficult times for this university, and he was more than willing to handle whatever
came up whether it was day or night. We wish him nothing but the best.”
He previously served as Vice President for Communications for the College Sports Southeast
regional cable network in Birmingham before returning to LSU in 2002. He also spent
two seasons working in the public relations offices for the USFL’s New Orleans Breakers
and the Los Angeles Express. Vincent authored, “The LSU Football Vault,” on the history
of LSU football.
“Herb’s contributions to LSU and his role in the accomplishments of the athletic department
have been tremendous,” LSU Vice-Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said.
“He’s been a great representative of LSU and we appreciate all that he’s done for
this university. We wish him well on his new opportunity at the league office.”
Vincent earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from LSU in 1983 and is originally
from North Little Rock, Ark. His wife Jamey grew up in Versailles, Ky., and they have
a daughter, Kennedy.
In his new role, Vincent will be responsible for developing, implementing, and managing
the overall communications strategies and efforts for the conference and will serve
as spokesperson for the SEC and act as the primary liaison between the conference
office and campus communicators.
“I am excited to join the SEC at a time when significant changes are taking place in college athletics,” Vincent said. “The level of excellence throughout the SEC is unparalleled and I am looking forward to working with the league staff and the 14 member institutions in continuing to build and promote the SEC brand.”
Posted on Friday, May 24, 2013