They called him "Bernie" and that in itself may tell you something about the man who served as Florida State University's President from 1976 through his retirement in 1991. Marvelously effective as a
leader and universally popular as a human being, Dr. Bernard F. Sliger guided FSU through 15 years of unprecedented growth and achievement.
It was not a coincidence that Florida State's athletic fortunes exploded during Sliger's tenure as President. Always a proponent of a strong athletic program and its place among college campus life,
Bernie brought in strong administrators and pushed for coaches that not only knew how to win, but could win with integrity. So sound was Sliger's philosophy regarding college athletics that he became
one of the prime national movers in setting standards and giving direction from his position on the prestigious NCAA Council. He was the presidential point-man during the most recent push for reform
in college sports.
Under Sliger's leadership Florida State's women's sports programs began to flourish and non-revenue sports programs began making a national impact. During Sliger's tenure Florida State baseball teams
went to 14 regional tournaments and five College World Series. FSU basketball enjoyed six NCAA Tournament trips and twice went to the NIT.
But Bernie's pride and joy had to be FSU Football, which he saw rise to the absolute pinnacle of the sport. Thirteen bowl games in his 15 years bringing 11 championships. An unprecedented nine
straight bowl games without a loss and four consecutive top four national finishes marked the end of his tenure.
And as Sliger bade farewell he left a final legacy for the ages. For under his hand, Florida State University abandoned its independent status and aligned itself with the nation's most highly-regarded
academic and athletic conference, the ACC.
Dr. Bernie Sliger will be remembered for many, many things as time goes by, but he'll certainly remain most dear to those who follow and support FSU athletics.