Lyon inaugurates 18th president, Dr. W. Joseph King

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On Friday, April 20, Lyon College inaugurated its 18th president, Dr. W. Joseph King.

The ceremony welcomed the college’s new leader and celebrated the accomplishments he has achieved since taking office on July 1 of last year.

In the ten month period, he has worked with the college’s faculty and staff to hammer out a new strategic plan for Lyon’s future; develop a new recruitment model; increase retention; establish more summer courses; build a new, larger digital network; and enact other campus improvements including moving the college toward a pet-friendly campus.

Dr. King also created several new faculty positions in subjects of higher need, and added four new varsity sports and four club sports to enliven student life.

The inauguration featured several musical performances and also allowed members of the Lyon community to communicate to Dr. King their expectations of his presidential duties.

Dr. Eugene M. Tobin delivered the inaugural address.

The chair of the Lyon Board, Perry Wilson, and the vice-chair, Phil Baldwin, inaugurated Dr. King.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. King and Dr. Brian C. Mitchell, co-authored the best-selling book in higher education administration, How to Run a College.

Dr. King and his wife, Dr. S. Leigh King, are the parents of two children.

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