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President W. Joseph King


W. Joseph King

18th President of Lyon College



I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to serve as Lyon's president. From its founding on the frontier in 1872, Lyon has remained true to its mission. As it approaches it's 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. 

-W. Joseph King



News from and About the President

How to Survive an Economic Downturn. The Recession-Proof College, Special Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Making College Students Question the Price of Their Education The Wall Street Journal

Colleges brace for financial trouble and a big question: Will they reopen in fall? NPR All Things Considered

Covid-19 provides lessons for Arkansas' Universities, Arkansas Business

Dear noted: Answering your questions, big and small, in the coronavirus era, The Wall Street Journal

For college students sent home early, dorm reimbursements, refunds are consolation for memories lost over COVID-19, Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Five economic impacts from the coronavirus pandemic that college leaders will soon confront, Forbes

Coronavirus closures pose refund quandary, Inside Higher Ed

Lyon College leader bringing his startup skills to higher ed, Talk Business & Politics

The Enrollment Crash Goes Deeper Than Demographics, The Chronicle of Higher Education

A Creative Legacy: Liberal Arts Colleges Build on Their Innovative Foundations, Liberal Education

For Liberal Arts College Woes, an Answer in Smaller Boards? Inside Higher Ed

Colleges' struggle, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Perry Lee Wilson, a corporate lawyer who is chairman of the board of trustees at Lyon College and its biggest advocate, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The Creative Generation, The AI Disruption of Work Summit

Back-to-School Advice for College TrusteesThe Wall Street Journal

From Why to How, Oxford Magazine

The Age of the Corporation, The Harvard Crimson

Lyon College President Keeps An Eye on Mission, Sustainability, Arkansas Business

Shared governance builds stronger colleges, University Business

Boston is the nation’s college capital. Here’s how to keep it that way, The Boston Globe

Ending ‘Mom-and-Pop’ GovernanceInside Higher Ed

To Recruit Students, Welcome Their Pets, Inside Higher Ed

Lyon College welcomes new president to Batesville, Arkansas Online

Out of the Ashes, Inside Higher Ed