Campus: CSU, Dominguez Hills -- March 17, 1999

James Lyons, Sr. Named President at CSU Dominguez Hills

The California State University Board of Trustees today (March 17) appointed James E. Lyons, Sr., president of California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Since 1992 Lyons has served as president of Jackson State University, the urban university of the state of Mississippi located in Jackson, Miss., with an enrollment of more than 6,300. Prior to that he was president of Bowie State University in Maryland for nine years and vice president for academic affairs at Delaware State College for five years.

"I'm delighted to be part of the CSU system," said Lyons. "Dominguez Hills has many challenges and

opportunities that lie ahead. I look forward to working on them with the entire campus community. I was impressed with the faculty, staff and students, and will enjoy serving at such a diverse campus."

Prior to Delaware State, Lyons, 55, served for several years in academic administration leadership positions at Barber Scotia College, Fayetteville State University, Kentucky State University and the University of Connecticut.

"In James Lyons, the CSU Trustees have found an outstanding leader with years of successful leadership in higher education," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "Dominguez Hills will benefit greatly from his vision, experience and commitment."

The New Haven, Conn., native is a member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and has been a member of numerous national boards on diversity, equal opportunity and educational issues. He earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration, an M.A. in student personnel, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Connecticut.

Herbert Carter, former CSU executive vice chancellor, has served as interim president at the campus since Robert Detweiler resigned in June of 1998 after nine years of service. Lyons will begin his new duties on July 1, 1999.

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