The Utah Center for Arts Administration


Bill Byrnes

William Byrnes brings an extensive background in teaching and leadership in the arts to his capacity as former Dean of the CPVA. Byrnes currently serves as Associate Provost & Dean of Graduate Studies at SUU and is active in the classroom through his teaching in the Arts Administration Program.  He teaches graduate seminars in board relations, fundraising and grant writing, economics and financial management, and leadership and organizational development over a two-year rotation.  His textbook, Management and the Arts, now in its fourth edition, is widely used in arts and culture management courses throughout the world (including SUU).  The translation of the second edition into Chinese was published in 2004.

Before coming to SUU, Associate Provost Byrnes served as a Professor and Associate Dean of Florida State University's School of Theatre for 10 years. He also served as Director of the MFA Theatre Management program while at FSU.  He worked for 22 years at Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio, home of a highly regarded liberal arts college and outstanding Conservatory of Music. He started as a Lecturer and left as a Professor of Theatre.

Associate Provost Byrnes maintains a strong international presence with his service on the Advisory Board of the International Study Center for Economics (ISW), an international culture management training school located in Freiberg, Germany (  He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management.  He was the President of the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) in 2000-02.  In December 2001, Byrnes was inducted into the National Theatre Conference (NTC), an honorary society of theatre professionals and distinguished educators.