Chancellor Lee F. Jackson announced today the appointment of Bill Lively to fill the new position of Vice Chancellor of Strategic Partnerships for the three-campus UNT System, effective September 7. Lively, a UNT graduate himself, will work closely with each campus president and their staffs to help shape and meet their growing development and fundraising needs.
"We are proud to have him on board," Jackson said. "Bill possesses a unique expertise honed from years of experience, whether at the university level or as head of the Super Bowl host committee or the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. Everywhere he's gone, he's raised the bar."
Lively was president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra until last April when he stepped down because of health concerns.
He has spent the summer taking "a well-deserved break in Colorado," said Jackson, who recently learned Lively was prepared to return this fall and take on a new role in the Dallas area.
"The time away was just what I needed," Lively said. "I feel great and I'm ready to dedicate myself to a new cause. I've spent 32 of my 46-year career in education, which I value above all other disciplines. I'm committed to serving the UNT System at this important time in its history."
His transition to academia should be a seamless one. As a faculty member and administrator at Southern Methodist University for 25 years, Lively launched among other things, the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and SMU's Athletic Forum.
He brings to the UNT System a remarkable track record of institutional fundraising and organizational development. Lively spent more than eight years as president and CEO of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, where he managed a capital campaign that raised $338 million. As president and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, he helped develop the management infrastructure of the committee and helped raise the highest number of million dollar sponsorships in Super Bowl history.
"Bill is a talented, respected strategist and facilitator," added C. Dan Smith of Plano, chairman of the UNT System Board of Regents. "He is returning to his first passion, education, and his work will benefit tens of thousands of students for decades to come."
Lively will support activities at all three UNT System campuses, particularly at UNT, the system's flagship university located in Denton, and the new UNT Dallas. "I'm thrilled about assisting my old alma mater," he said. "It feels like I'm coming home again."