Bill Michel

Over the last 24 years, Bill Michel, has played an active arts leadership role at the University of Chicago. Bill currently serves as the University Arts Advisor in the Office of the Provost, Executive Director of the Logan Center for the Arts and Interim Director of the Smart Museum of Art.  Early in his career, Bill led the substantial growth of student engagement in theater and the arts. Through his role as Director of University Theater, Bill developed an arts-in-education program that served public schools throughout Chicago’s south side and worked closely with faculty colleagues to launch a new academic theater program.  A member of the University’s Arts Steering Committee, Bill leads efforts to enhance visibility for UChicago Arts, encourages creative collaborations across the University and throughout Chicago, and continues to play a leadership role in the development of the Arts and Public Life Initiative and the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry.  Over the last several year, Bill has worked closely with the Department of Music, University of Chicago Presents and many south side and City wide partners to ensure that the Logan Center and the University contribute to the vibrant music scene on the south side, launching a variety of jazz programs, encouraging creativity in the next generation through various youth music programs, and supporting a diverse range of music performance.  Off campus, Bill serves as a member of the Board of Directors for About Face Theatre (having served as President of the Board for 9 years). In spring 2015, Bill’s commitment to jazz was recognized by the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as their benefit honoree.    Bill is a 2008 graduate of the Booth School of Business and a 1992 graduate of the College at the University of Chicago with a B.A. in Politics, Economics, Rhetoric, and Law.