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Lyon College names new president

The Lyon College Board of Trustees has announced that Joey King will become the 18th president of Lyon College. He will succeed Donald Weatherman, who will retire on June 30. King and his family will move to Batesville next summer, and he will begin work July 1.

“The Board of Trustees is extremely excited about the election of Dr. Joey King as the next president of Lyon College, " said board chairman Perry Wilson of Little Rock. 

"Dr. King’s broad experience, vision and commitment to innovative liberal education will strengthen and further Lyon’s mission of shaping world changers. We welcome Dr. King to Lyon with open arms."

A Texas native, King received his doctorate in human-computer interaction from the University of Washington and his bachelor's with honors in computer science and experimental psychology from Southwestern University (Georgetown, Texas).

“I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Lyon’s next president," King said. 

"From its founding on the frontier in 1872, Lyon has remained true to its mission. As it approaches its sesquicentennial, it has the potential to define and become a 21st century liberal arts college of the first order. I am excited to be a part of that process and look forward to getting started in July.”

King comes to Lyon from Emory & Henry College, where he is senior advisor to the president and interim executive director at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He previously served as NITLE’s executive director, helping almost 140 liberal arts colleges integrate inquiry, pedagogy, and technology to become stronger institutions.

He has worked at Rice University, Southwestern University, the University of Washington (UW) and the Texas Christian University Neeley School of Business, where he was a finalist for Most Inspiring Professor.

He has also worked as a research scientist at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory at UW, the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute and Hughes Research Laboratories. He has served as a consultant and advisor to Hanson Robotics, Microsoft, Interval Research, Walt Disney Imagineering and Atari Games.

In addition, King has wide-ranging experience as an entrepreneur, co-founding Grifiti, a technology accessories provider; serving as president of Zama Networks, a quality of service network provider acquired by Mitsui & Co; working as chief scientist of F5 Networks, the industry leader in network traffic management and serving as the managing director of Trinity River Ventures.

King also has extensive fundraising experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations, having raised over $100 million in private capital for new ventures and successfully solicited over $25 million in gifts and grants for non-profits. As a trustee for Southwestern University, he served on the campaign cabinet that raised over $125 million. 

Posted by Alexandra Patrono-Smith at 1:45 PM


12/5/2016 at 05:59 PM by Tom Gasmann

Congratulations and welcome to Lyon!

12/5/2016 at 11:40 PM by Terry Garner

Welcome Dr. King, Lyon is a special place. I spent 27 years at Lyon ('80-'07) serving as an Instructor, Coach and Athletics administrator. I loved my time there. I know you will have the experience. Wishing you the best. Terry Garner

12/6/2016 at 06:40 PM by Scott and Jacqui McSpadden

Welcome to Lyon College and Batesville! We have been supporters of Lyon Athletic Booster Club for 35 years. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

12/6/2016 at 10:13 PM by Victoria Queen

I hope you find that Lyon will always be a part of your life. I worked there for 10 years (1985 - 1995), received BS (1993) and MBA from ASU (1995) while at Lyon. I still miss hearing the bagpipes in the morning. Victoria Queen, Ph.D.

12/7/2016 at 09:09 AM by Tim Summerlin

Congratulations, Dr. King, or, as we know you less formally, Joey! You have a strong instinct for the values of the independent liberal arts college, and Lyon will be the beneficiary of your intelligence, wit and savvy. We at Schreiner remember how much that theater course at Southwestern contributed to making you the person you are. Tim

12/12/2016 at 12:16 PM by Bob Paver

Congratulations, Joey. Our niece and her husband graduated from Lyon College circa 1999. They both rave about their time there. Best of luck. Bob

12/27/2016 at 08:08 AM by Cheryl Armstrong Goetz, Class of 1985

Welcome, Dr. King! May your time at Lyon richly bless you, and may Lyon be richly blessed by you. Best wishes!

12/29/2016 at 07:32 PM by August Caballero

Congratulations, having worked with you in the high technology world I know your leadership, committment and vision will insure Lyon continues on their path to a fine innovative liberal education institution.

7/18/2017 at 11:47 AM by Leigh

We are very excited to be a part of the Lyon family. When you see me out and about, please, just call me Leigh. I am very much looking forward to meeting everyone here and being engaged with the students, especially. Go Scots!!! Leigh :-)

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