President W. Joseph King has announced that Dr. Melissa P. Taverner has been appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty effective January 15, 2018. Taverner is an Associate Professor of Biology at Emory & Henry College, a national liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia. In 2016-2017, she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College. In her twenty-two years there, she has also served as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Director of Assessment, and Chair of the Department of Biology.
“Dr. Taverner brings extensive classroom and academic leadership experience to Lyon, as well as experience with strategic planning and assessment, recruitment and retention, high-impact academic experiences, and diversity and inclusion. Having attended and spent her career at a residential liberal arts college, she deeply understands our mission and commitment to transformational experiences for our students. I look forward to working with Dr. Taverner as we strategically examine ways to advance Lyon’s academic reputation and ensure its financial sustainability,” said King.
“I am excited to be joining Lyon at this critical time in its history,” Taverner says. “The mission of Lyon College - fostering critical, creative thought and ethical, spiritual growth, thus preparing students for fulfilling lives committed to learning and service - immediately appealed to me, and resonates with my personal and professional goals. Having the opportunity to work with such a talented and committed faculty and staff is a privilege, and I look forward to forging a productive partnership with them that will strengthen the liberal arts tradition at Lyon so that the institution can continue its tradition of educating engaged citizens.”
Taverner received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, M.Sc. in Virology from the University of Reading (UK), and B.A. in Biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. A Virginia native, Taverner is married to David Taverner and has two children, Rachel Titus and Jordan Taverner.
Dr. Paul Bube, who has served as Interim Provost since July, will return to the classroom as W. Lewis McColgan Professor of Religion.
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