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Dallas executive, alumnus named to system partnership position

Bill Lively, vice chancellor of strategic partnerships, UNT SystemChancellor Lee F. Jackson announced today, Aug. 11, the appointment of Bill Lively, left, to fill the new position of vice chancellor of strategic partnerships for the three-campus UNT System, effective Sept. 7. Lively, a UNT graduate, will work closely with each campus president and staffs to help shape and meet growing development and fundraising needs.   

Lively will support activities at all three UNT System campuses. 

“I’m really looking forward to collaborations with Bill,” said Lisa Baronio, right, vice president of advancement and director of development for the UNT Foundation. The breadth of his experiences will benefit UNT in the development of future fundraising strategies and relationships with more of the region’s corporations, foundations and other organizations.”

“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.

Lisa Baronio, vp, advancement and developmentLively was president and CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra until April when he stepped down because of health concerns. 

“He has spent the summer taking “a well-deserved break in Colorado,” said Jackson.

“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.”

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.

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.”

“I’m thrilled about assisting my old alma mater,” Lively said.  “It feels like I’m coming home again.”

Posted on: Thu 11 August 2011

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