Name: Jennifer Burt
Southern Utah University’s associate provost and dean of graduate studies, Bill Byrnes, will be recognized for his accomplishments in theater management by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) at the 2011 Annual Conference & Stage Expo, which runs March 9-12.
Byrnes is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement in Management award given by USITT. This award serves as testament to Byrnes’ exemplary record of achievements in management in the theater industry.
SUU Provost Brad Cook said such recognition is “one more affirmation of the incredible quality we have in SUU’s staff and faculty.”
“(Byrnes) is not only a terrific administrator, but he is also an exceptional academic,” Cook said. “He is a model to us all.”
When Byrnes started his career he claims could have never foreseen the success that would be his.
“As life happened, it turns out I am not doing what was my first career path,” he said. “I found out that meeting the successive challenges I put out there for myself led to new directions and opportunities I had never imagined when I first started my career.”
On receiving this recognition Byrnes said, “it is wonderful to be recognized by my peers for work they think made a difference.”
A survey of Byrnes’ his accomplishments are very convincing for such recognition.
Byrnes is a tremendous asset at SUU where he not only successfully serves in his official appointments, but also teaches graduate seminars about art management topics ranging from board relations, strategic planning, fundraising, economics, financial management and leadership.
In fact, he has written a textbook about these topics entitled Management and the Arts, which is very popular in arts and culture management courses across the country.
Prior to his current appointment as one of the University’s top administrators over academics, Byrnes served as SUU’s dean of the College of Performing & Visual Arts for five years.
He also taught and fulfilled positions of leadership at Florida State University and Oberlin College in Ohio.
Additionally, he continues work abroad to share his expertise about arts management in cities like China, Japan, Singapore, Turin, Cologne and Belgrade.
Byrnes is also currently on the advisory board of the ISW Business School in Freiburg, Germany, where he has also lectured.
“I am excited to be recognized for my contribution to the field of arts management, but where I hope to have the most impact is by graduating and mentoring the next generation of arts leaders,” Byrnes said.
Based on his track record, the latter goal will be yet another success benefitting countless individuals in higher education and the arts.
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