BiographyWilliam J. Byrnes is a professor of Arts Administration at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT. He regularly teaches graduate seminars and online in the areas of board relations and planning, fundraising, cultural economics, financial management, leadership, and organizational development.
He has extensive experience in higher education management and administration and has served in various leadership capacities at SUU, Florida State University, and Oberlin College. He has managed and produced numerous events and productions in the performing arts over the last 40 years. He has served on several boards including the Utah Shakespeare Festival and the ETSA Foundation. He has lectured on arts management in America and in China, Japan, Singapore, Germany, Serbia, and Italy.
He has been a long-standing member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology (USITT) Management Commission and has served in various leadership capacities in USITT since 1980, including serving as president in 2000-02. In 2011 he received the distinguished achievement award in management from USITT. He is also a Fellow in USITT and received its Founders Award in 1996.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Specialties: Strategic and long-range planning, arts marketing, PR, fundraising, financial management, leadership, culture management, organizational and board assessment and development, curriculum and program development, accreditation compliance and monitoring, academic and administrative program assessment, and in a previous life lighting design, production and event management
Photography, reading, hiking