William S. Livingston, Senior Vice President
The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Livingston retired on August 31, 2007.
Professor William S. Livingston, political scientist, has been a faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin since 1949. He served as Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies from 1979 to 1995, and in 1982 was named to the Jo Anne Christian Professorship in British Studies. Dr. Livingston was named Acting President of the University of Texas at Austin for the period from September 1992 through January 1993, while continuing to serve as Vice President and Dean of Graduate Studies. In September 1995, he was appointed Senior Vice President.
Dr. Livingston is a former President of the Southern Political Science Association and of the Southwestern Social Science Association. He served twice on the Council of the American Political Science Association, and for four years was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Politics. He is the author or editor of half a dozen books and some 25 articles on federalism, democracy, and education.
In addition to his teaching and research, which have centered on Britain and the Commonwealth and on the comparative study of federalism, Dr. Livingston has held a number of University administrative positions. He has been Assistant Dean of the Graduate School (1954-58), Chairman of the Government Department (1966-69) and also its Graduate Adviser (1958-67), Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs of the University of Texas System (1969-70), Chairman of the Comparative Studies Program (1978-79), and for six years was Chairman of the University’s Faculty Senate. In the late ’sixties, he was Chairman of an interim committee that planned the development of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He has been actively involved in the development of the James A. Michener Center for Writers, the Normandy Scholars Program, the Edward A. Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies, the Faculty Seminar on British Studies, and the Graduate Assembly, the representative body of the Graduate Faculty.
In 1993-94, the University conducted a fund-raising campaign to endow a program of “Livingston Fellowships in Graduate Studies,” headed by former Regent Wales Madden of Amarillo. The success of the campaign has made possible the annual award of several graduate fellowships, beginning in 1995.
He received a Ford Foundation Faculty Fellowship for 1952-53 and a Guggenheim Fellowship for 1959-60 for research in England. The UT Students’ Association honored him with a “Teaching Excellence Award” in 1959.
In 1992, the College of Liberal Arts conferred on him the Pro Bene Meritis Award “For Outstanding Contributions to the Liberal Arts.” In 1994, the Parents’ Association gave him its “Award of Distinction” and in 1995, the Ex-Students’ Association designated him as a “University Distinguished Educator.” In 2001, it bestowed on him its "Distinguished Service Award," only the second time the award had been given.
In 1995, the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools presented him with its award for “Distinguished Service to Graduate Education,” and in the following year, the Texas Association of Graduate Schools conferred on him a parallel “President’s Award for Distinguished Service.”
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in 1943 from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. degree from Yale in 1950. He served as Visiting Lecturer in Political Science at Yale University in 1955-56, and as Visiting Professor at Duke in 1960-61.
He is listed in Who’s Who in America, The Dictionary of National Biography, Contemporary Authors, and other reference works, and in 1980-82 was National President of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society.
During the Second World War, he was a field artillery officer in Europe, where he was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.
Dr. Livingston was born July 1, 1920, in Ironton, Ohio. He is married to the former Lana Sanor, and they are parents of two sons, Stephen (b. 1947) and David (b. 1949).