Message from the President

When I was growing up in California I never imagined life's journey would lead me to the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas, yet this has happened not once but twice. After sixteen wonderful years teaching at Lyon, I accepted an administrative position at another liberal arts college. Little did I realize this would prove to be preparation for my return to Lyon to assume the duties of president. The pleasant reception extended to my wife, Lynn, and me upon our return reminded us of the warm and caring community that Lyon is.

Over the past ten years many things have changed: there are new faculty, new buildings, new administrators and, of course, new students. What has not changed is Lyon’s commitment to providing the young men and women who join this academic community with the very best educational opportunities available. The award-winning faculty continues to challenge students to do and be their very best. Superb classroom instruction is Lyon’s hallmark, but equally important is the individualized attention offered to students by professors during office hours, in the laboratories, and--most strikingly--in their homes or perhaps on nearby hiking trails or float trips.

All of this contributes to Lyon’s ranking as a premier liberal arts college. According to national rating sources such as U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and, Lyon is one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. The overwhelming number of success stories related to Lyon is no accident. Lyon professors have won the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Professor of the Year Award in Arkansas fourteen times. The quality of our educational programs is also reflected in the high acceptance rate of our students to medical school, law school, and other graduate programs. Lyon graduates hold advanced degrees from many prestigious universities including Harvard, Duke, Vanderbilt and Columbia, as well as many fine regional universities.

Opportunities abound at Lyon for students and professors alike. The entire community is engaged in endeavors that help shape the minds and develop the characters of the young men and women who live and learn on our campus.

Please continue to explore our Web site. If you would like more information on Lyon College, contact us or, better yet, visit our campus and meet with some of the most dedicated teacher/scholars in America.


Dr. Donald Weatherman
Lyon College President