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Jim Livengood

Jim Livengood

Everett Community College
Class of 1994

Quarterback for Everett's football teams in 1964 and 1965. Went on to complete his education at Brigham Young University and Central Washington.

After eleven years of coaching on the high school level, Livengood began his career in collegiate athletics administration as associate director of athletics, development and public relations at Washington State from 1980-85. In 1985 he was hired as director of athletics at Southern Illinois, kickstarting an impressive 28 consecutive years as an AD at four different institutions.

After two years at SIU, Livengood returned to Washington State as the director of athletics from 1987-93. The longest tenure of his career was marked by nearly 16 years spent as athletics director at Arizona, beginning in 1994.

Livengood worked with three different university presidents during his time at Arizona. His broad-based stewardship put considerable focus on student-athlete welfare, with expanded services through the C.A.T.S. program, revamping of the department's academic services unit and other personal development offerings for Wildcat student-athletes.

Wildcat programs won 11 NCAA championships under Livengood's direction, beginning with the 1994 softball crown through the men's and women's swimming championships in 2008. The explosive growth of UA intercollegiate athletics programs and operations was matched in other areas as well, including key capital projects and extensive improvements to Arizona's athletics venues. While at Arizona, Livengood was recognized twice as an Athletics Director of the Year by NACDA, in addition to serving on the NACDA Executive Committee and moving up the Officer ranks to eventually serve as the Association's President in 1998-99. He also served as the Pac-10 Conference President, President of the D1A Athletic Directors' Association (now LEAD1), chair of the Pac-10 Athletics Directors Revenue Sharing Committee, member of the Rose Bowl Committee, the NCAA Fellows program and chair of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee.

Livengood made his fourth and final stop as an athletics director when he was named AD at UNLV in December 2009, a position he held until his retirement in May 2013. At UNLV, he led the construction of the state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, the Mendenhall Center. In addition to overseeing the improvement of student-athlete graduation rates, Livengood was also an effective fundraiser and made increasing UNLV's exposure locally and nationally a priority. Under his leadership, Rebel athletics tripled its private fundraising revenue. One year removed from UNLV, Livengood was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2014.

In his retirement, Livengood has worked as a consultant for College Sports Solutions and has remained involved in NACDA and college athletics as a whole, guiding and supporting a new wave of athletics directors making their mark on the industry.

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