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William H. Lively

Bill has distinguished himself in diverse fields, including education, development, and entertainment. With enthusiasm and dedication, he has undertaken numerous challenges during his career. One of the greatest was his role as president and chief executive officer of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation, which was charged with raising $257 million from the private sector toward the total cost of $275 million for a world-class performing arts center for Dallas.

A native of Dallas, Bill earned a Bachelor of Music degree from SMU in 1965 and a Master of Education degree from the University of North Texas in 1970. Returning to SMU in 1973, he devoted the next 25 years to a variety of roles, serving for the last seven years as vice president of Development and External Affairs. Bill left SMU in 1998 to become president and CEO of Up With People, headquartered in Denver. Two years later, he returned to Dallas to assume leadership of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation.