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Tuesday, June 7, 2011 Interim president chosen for Dillard University

May 24, 2011

James Lyons, a three-time university president who is a member of Dillard University's Board of Trustees, has been named the university's interim president effective July 1.

The board appointed Lyons to this position because Marvalene Hughes will step down as president on June 30, ending a six-year term.

Lyons, 67, a native of New Haven, Conn., earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at the University of Connecticut. He also attended the Harvard University Institute for Education Management.

He has been president of California State University, Dominguez Hills; Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.; and Bowie State University in Bowie, Md.

Lyons will serve as Dillard's interim leader until Hughes' successor is named. A national search for a new president, which is being led by the Boston firm Isaacson, Miller, is expected to take about a year, Dillard spokeswoman Mona Duffel Jones said.

An eight-member internal search committee of trustees, faculty, staff and students also has been formed, Duffel Jones said.

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