Before joining Syracuse University, Livent held positions as vice president for development and community relations and vice president for college and student services at Onondaga Community College.
Livent has remained active in the development field as a consultant. His clients have included Syracuse University's School of Information Studies and the Maxwell School, the Near East Foundation, the Samaritan Medical Center of Northern New York Foundation, and Honor Flight Syracuse.
He has served on the boards of the United Way of Central New York, Onondaga Free Library, the Volunteer Center, Elmcrest Children's Center, Onondaga Community College and the Onondaga Community College Foundation.
Livent holds a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.