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William H. Lively ’65 earned his B.M. degree at SMU and his M.E. degree at the University of North Texas in 1970. He has served in leadership roles as president and CEO of Up With People, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. He also served as vice chancellor of the University of North Texas System and as National Geographic’s senior vice president of development in Washington, D.C. He is currently senior adviser to American Prairie Reserve headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and is creator and manager of the Ken Burns American Heritage Prize presented in New York City. Mr. Lively served for 25 years on the faculty and in the administration of SMU.
      While at SMU, he served as vice president for development and external affairs and as director of The Campaign for SMU, interim athletic director, associate vice president and executive director of the SMU Alumni Association and associate vice president for University development. Mr. Lively founded the University’s Tate Lecture Series. He received the SMU Distinguished Alumni Award in 2004. Mr. Lively and his wife, Mickey, have five children, all of whom are SMU graduates. In recognition of Mr. Lively’s years of service to the University, and especially to the Willis M. Tate Lecture Series, which supports the SMU President’s Scholars Program, a group of Dallas business and civic leaders made gifts to SMU establishing this scholarship named in his honor.