Dillard University Names an Experienced Leader as Interim President

James Lyons has agreed to serve as interim president of Dillard University when Marvalene Hughes steps down at the end of the month. Dr. Lyons, a member of the Dillard board of trustees, has previously served as president of California State University at Dominguez Hills, Jackson State University in Mississippi, and Bowie State University in Maryland. He will serve as president until a permanent successor to Dr. Hughes is found. The university stated that Dr. Lyons could serve as interim president for a year.

President Lyons is a native of New Haven, Connecticut. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Connecticut.