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LYONS TO RETIRE AS MHEC SECRETARY                                                           

                                                                                                             Media Contact: Gareth Murray
                                                                                                             Communications: (410) 260-4519

                                                                                                             gmurray@mhec.state.md.us  


November 23, 2010

ANNAPOLIS, MD (November 23, 2010) – Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., Secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), announced his retirement today after almost four decades of service in higher education. Governor Martin O’Malley recognized Dr. Lyons for his dedication and strong commitment to higher education in Maryland.
“Having the opportunity to serve as the Secretary of Higher Education in Maryland is really the high point of my career,” said Secretary Lyons. “I am so grateful that Governor O’Malley gave me this opportunity to serve the citizens in this manner. I am also humbled by the support that I received from stakeholders throughout Maryland, who work hard everyday to help the State be all that it can be.”
“I’d like to thank Secretary Lyons for his remarkable service to the people of Maryland, “said Governor O’Malley. “His dedication and hard work have proven him to be an effective leader with a strong commitment to higher education. Jim’s firm belief in providing equal opportunities for affordable and accessible education for all Marylanders who are willing to work hard for a better future are part of his legacy at MHEC. He will be missed, but we wish him well during a much deserved retirement.”
Dr. Lyons was appointed Secretary on March 1, 2007. During his tenure, he has:

  • Successfully developed the 2009 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education, a comprehensive plan for higher education in Maryland
  • Co-hosted the Distinguished Scholars Program
  • Served as Co-Chair of the College Success Taskforce
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Governor’s P-20 Leadership Council
  • Chaired the Segmental Advisory Council, bringing together leaders from all levels of post-secondary education in the State
  • Represented the State at the Southern Regional Education Board, with the State Higher Education Executive Officers and on the American Council of Education’s Commission on International Initiatives
  • Hosted several international delegations to illustrate Maryland as a leader in higher education in the United States

    Dr. Lyons will officially retire on January 1, 2011. Prior to his nomination as Secretary for MHEC, he served as President of California State University, Dominguez Hills. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Dr. Lyons 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.



     
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