The Lyon College Board of Trustees held its winter meeting on Friday, February 24, at the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas in Little Rock, Ark. Members heard committee reports and reviewed several items of business.
The board granted professor emeritus status to Mark Schram, associate professor of biology. Schram joined the Lyon College faculty in 1991. He has been an active and valued member of the college community, serving on and chairing numerous committees. In recognition of his teaching and scholarship, CASE/Carnegie named him Arkansas Professor of the Year in 2004, and in 2014, Lyon faculty, staff, trustees and students awarded him the Williamson Prize for Teaching Excellence.
The board also promoted Wesley Beal to associate professor of English and granted him tenure. Beal joined the Lyon College faculty in 2010. He has received numerous awards during his teaching career, among them the Calvin A. VanderWerf Teaching Award and Lyon College’s Professor of the Year Award.
In addition, the board approved a new honors program for the College. The honors program is a rigorous course of study designed to provide highly skilled, motivated students the opportunity to study, hone their research skills and exchange ideas in a challenging and supportive academic environment. The first honors class will commence in fall 2017.
Finally, the board approved the budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
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