Rich Meckfessel, former Commissioner of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference passed away on Wednesday due to complications from a recent surgery. Meckfessel served as SLIAC Commissioner from 2000-07 and his tenure is the longest in conference history at the commissioner position. Meckfessel was just the second commissioner in league history and helped oversee the expansion of the league to 10 members when Eureka College and Lincoln Christian College joined in 2006.
He also headed up the addition of the Faculty Athletics Representatives position to the SLIAC primary governing body. Meckfessel also created the SLIAC Operating Manual and established the SLIAC Post-Graduate Scholarship, which was unique in Division III at the time (2002-03). Meckfessel also oversaw the reinstitution of Conference Tournaments in team sports in 2004-05. Meckfessel represented the SLIAC and the Central Region on the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee and was a respected member of the Division III Commissioner's Association. He was inducted into the SLIAC Hall of Fame in 2011.
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