OLIVER, RICHARD E.
OLIVER, RICHARD E. (1920–1987). Richard E. Oliver, first full-time commissioner of the Southland Conference, was born in Henderson, Texas, in 1920. He attended Kilgore Junior College and Southern Methodist University. Oliver became a sports editor for the Henderson Daily News, the Port Arthur News, and the Beaumont Enterprise and served as president of the Texas Sportswriters Association in 1949. He joined the Southland Conference as a director of information when it was formed in 1963 and became conference commissioner in 1971. He is credited with presiding over conference expansions, helping the Southland to attain Division I status in both men's and women's sports and securing automatic places for league champions in most NCAA-sponsored team championships. Oliver retired in 1987 and died in Beaumont on December 20 of that year.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Diana J. Kleiner, "OLIVER, RICHARD E.," accessed July 05, 2020, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fol15.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.