The board of regents of Concordia College in Selma, Alabama, has named James E. Lyons as chief transition officer. In effect, Dr. Lyons will serve as interim president of the historically Black educational institution for the next six months.
According to the latest U.S. Department of Education statistics, Concordia College, which is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, enrolls about 500 students. African Americans make up 93 percent of the student body.
Dr. Lyons most recently served as interim president of the University of the District of Columbia. Earlier, he was president of Bowie State University, Jackson State University, and California State University Dominguez Hills. From 2007 to 2010 he was secretary of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
Dr. Lyons holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a master’s degree in student personnel, and a doctorate in higher educational administration, all from the University of Connecticut.