Michael Blachly
Vice President of Artistic Affairs

With a career in the arts expanding over 40 years, Dr. Michael Blachly was Director of Performing Arts at the University of Florida from 2000 to 2015.  Other positions in presenting, producing and managing the performing arts include positions as director with UCLA Performing Arts, University of Hawaii, Colorado State University, University of Tennessee, and the 1982 World’s Fair.  His management experience encompasses serving as Vice President and West Coast Director of Sales for Columbia Artists Management; Vice President of Administration for Bill Fegan Attractions and Assistant Vice President for the 1982 World’s Fair.

Career volunteer and elected/appointed leadership positions include the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Chamber Music America, Western Arts Alliance, California Presenters, National Association of Campus Activities, Association of College Unions-International, South Arts Performing Arts Exchange, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, and the International Society of Performing Arts.  Selected panelist for grant application evaluations include the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, Florida’s Division of Cultural Affairs, Western States Arts Federation, The Japan Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and South Arts.

Dr. Blachly was a Senior Consultant, having been a Vice President for Facilities & Program Planning, with Arts Consulting Group.  In addition, Dr. Blachly now does independent consulting on artistic programming and strategic planning for arts organizations.

Dr. Blachly holds a BA in Speech and Theatre/Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado, an MA in Communication Theory/Sociology, from Washington State University, and a PhD in Educational Psychology/Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee.