Dr. James Earl Lyons, Sr.
Sec. of Higher Ed For The State of Maryland
University, District of Columbia
Dr. James Earl Lyons, Sr. is currently serving as the President, University District of Columbia. Dr.Lyons,became Secretary of Higher Education in March 2007. Before assuming this position, he was President of California State University, Dominguez Hills. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in student personnel from the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his doctorate in Professional Higher Education Administration. In the spring of 2000, he received the Neag School of Education “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from his alma mater for his significant impact on education, his inspiration on others in their field, and for his considerable accomplishments and continuing level of achievement. Lyons brings to the Maryland Higher Education Commission a wealth of experience and a personal touch to his presidency, having served in numerous arenas, from the Peace Corps and the classroom to executive offices and boardrooms. His inclusive style of governance means drawing on diverse elements of the community to develop and implement policy. Lyons has written and spoken extensively on myriad issues facing public education, and he has been a consultant to various agencies, boards, and commissions through the years on matters ranging from assessments of college presidents, analyses of magnet schools, busing and desegregation to the collective bargaining process and corporations reaching out to minority-owned franchises. Before assuming the Dominguez Presidency, Lyons served education in a range of positions. He was President of Jackson State University (MS); President of Bowie State University (MD); Vice President, Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Education, Barber-Scotia College (NC), Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Director of Summer School at Fayetteville State University (NC). He also held key administrative positions at Kentucky State University and at the University of Connecticut.