Veteran arena manager Lionel J. Dubay, director of the Stephen C. O'Connell Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville, will leave that post on July 12 to take over as director of business services at U of F.

Dubay admits he has mixed emotions about moving on from the arena management business. "I'm very passionate about the public assembly management field and IAAM," he tell "I've been doing this for 37 years, so it will be quite a change. On the other hand, I'm excited about the new opportunities, with different elements and things I haven't done before. To be able do this without leaving Gainesville, who wouldn't want to start a new career at 60?"

Dubay's new responsibilities will involve overseeing the operation, fiscal, programmatic and administrative activities of seven departments within the Business Services division.

Dubay has been at the O'Connell Center for the past 22 years. Prior to coming to Florida, he was director of the Augusta (Maine) Civic Center, a facility he opened in 1972.

During the July 21-26, 2007 International Association of Assembly Managers
(IAAM) Annual Conference and Trade Show in Salt Lake City, Dubay will be presented with the IAAM's highest honor, the Charles A. McElravy Award, for his meritorious service and extraordinary contributions to the association and the public assembly facility management profession.

Dubay has served IAAM as chair of numerous committees and boards as well as
president in 2001-2002. He just completed his second term as president of the Florida Facility Managers Association (FFMA); Dubay was one of FFMA's founders.