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Lyons will lead Administrative and Student Life Services

June 12, 2012

Phil Lyons has been appointed vice chancellor for Administrative and Student Life Services at University of Wisconsin-Stout, Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen announced Tuesday.

“Phil is extremely well-qualified for this position,” Sorensen said, noting that Lyons has served as interim vice chancellor since March and assistant vice chancellor in the division since 2007. “He is a true professional who will excel in meeting the broad responsibilities of this position.”

“UW-Stout is an exceptional institution of higher education, and I am very excited to be in a critical leadership position to help direct its future,” Lyons said. “Chancellor Sorensen has established a vision of applied learning that distinguishes us as a polytechnic institution. I look forward to using the resources of the division to move that vision forward.”

The division that Lyons will lead includes:

•  Student Life Services: athletics, campus card, student centers, housing, dining and recreation.

•  Business and Financial Services: accounting, budget, e-Scholar and laptop, grants and contracts, procurement and student business services.

•  Health and Safety: police, safety and risk management, student health services, parking and emergency management.

•  Physical Plant: building maintenance, facilities planning and engineering, custodial services, grounds maintenance, fleet vehicles, heating plant and recycling.

•  Human Resources

Lyons said he has been amazed at the diversity in the responsibilities of the position and will rely on his division’s employees to help shape his decisions.

“UW-Stout has exceptional staff and faculty, and I plan to spend some time listening to their ideas,” Lyons said. “How we use our resources says a great deal about who we are as a polytechnic institution. Those decisions, to a great extent, will determine our future.”

Lyons came to UW-Stout after serving in various capacities at Saint Louis University in St. Louis from 1990-2007. He has a bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in speech communications, a master’s degree in educational administration from SIU Carbondale, a Master of Letters in international relations-strategic students from the University of Aberdeen-King’s College in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has completed his coursework for a doctorate in higher education administration from Saint Louis University.

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