Lyon College has hired Michael Kelley as the new Director of Admissions. Kelley comes to Lyon from Tennesse, where he ran a professional fundraising business serving community and non-profit organizations.
He has also served as Director of Admissions at Williamson College in Franklin, Tenn. and Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tenn. Before that he was an Enrollment Services Counselor at his alma mater, Belmont University in Nashville. His years of experience at these private colleges provided him with the expertise needed in his new position with Lyon.
“Michael is a great addition to Lyon College and Enrollment Services,” said Matt Crisman, Lyon’s vice president for enrollment services. “The energy he brings to succeed each day is infectious. His extensive knowledge in recruiting for liberal arts colleges from his previous institutions makes him the right fit to lead the Office of Admissions!”
“I enjoy working with and recruiting quality students,” said Kelley. “I have friends who graduated from Lyon that are very successful in various field such as medicine and law. I’m very impressed with this college, and I’m looking forward to working with the new President and Vice President for Enrollment Services to continue to improve the quality of students as well as generate new students in new markets.”
“What I enjoy most about Lyon are the people I work with and the students Lyon matriculates,” he added. “The people I work with have been so helpful in getting me situated. The students I have met so far are extremely bright, and will succeed in the career path they choose or the graduate school they pursue.”
For six years, he worked as a guest entertainer with three different cruise lines. He was a Deputy Cruise Director with Princess Cruises and not only performed in variety shows but organized passengers’ daily activities and schedules, led Sunday worship services, hosted games, led tours at the ports of call, and hosted a daily on-board television show. These days, Kelley says he enjoys spending his free time with his wife and six children.
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