BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – A faculty member in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sports has been appointed as Dean of the Graduate School at Western Kentucky University.
WKU Provost David Lee announced the appointment Thursday of Scott Lyons to the position.
“Graduate education is central to the mission of WKU,” Dr. Lee said, “and the university has several important initiatives underway in this regard. As Dean, Scott will work with programs across campus to expand our opportunities in graduate education. I’m delighted that Scott is taking on this important leadership role.”
Dr. Lyons came to WKU after completing his doctorate in Human Performance, Exercise Physiology at the University of Alabama. He is a recipient of the College of Health and Human Services Awards for Excellence in Advising and for Excellence in Research, has served as the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health and Human Services, and has participated in the Management Development Program at Harvard University.
“Scott is an accomplished faculty member with excellent leadership experience,” said President Gary A. Ransdell. “He is well-prepared to provide leadership for our outstanding graduate program. We look to him to lead the way in growing our graduate enrollment.”
“I am very happy and excited to be the person chosen to lead the WKU Graduate School,” Dr. Lyons said. “I would like to thank the search committee, the WKU faculty, the Graduate School staff and Provost Lee for their faith and confidence in me and for entrusting me with this important responsibility. I have been highly involved in graduate education since I arrived at WKU in 2004. I am looking forward to this tremendous opportunity and I am eager to get started.”
Dr. Lyons begins serving as Dean of the Graduate School Jan 1.