Rich Meckfessel held the position of SLIAC Commissioner from 2000-07. He was only the second Commissioner in Conference history and served the longest tenure in that position to date. During Meckfessel's time with the SLIAC Faculty Athletics Representatives were added to the Conference's primary governing body, the SLIAC Operating Manual was written and the SLIAC Post-Graduate Scholarship, which was unique in Division III at the time (2002-03), was established. Meckfessel also oversaw the reinstitution of Conference Tournaments in team sports in 2004-05 and helped the Conference to expand to an all-time high 10 members with the addition of Eureka College and Lincoln Christian College in 2006-07.
Meckfessel also 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.