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Charles M. Lyons Appointed President of York County Community College

Monday, August 7, 2006

CONTACTS: Helen Pelletier at (207) 767-0116 x 3; Email:

WELLS, ME – Charles M. Lyons, who has held leadership positions in higher education in Maine for nearly 25 years, has been appointed president of York County Community College in Wells. The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees endorsed MCCS President John Fitzsimmons' nomination of Lyons at a Board meeting held at the Wells college this afternoon. Lyons will assume his new post on August 14, 2006.

“Dr. Lyons brings to his new post at York County Community College a wealth of higher education experience. He is a dynamic and high energy leader, who—together with the college community—will help ensure a promising and exciting future for the students and businesses of York County,” said Dr. Fitzsimmons.

Lyons has held a variety of senior administrative posts within the University of Maine System, serving as president of both the University of Maine at Fort Kent (1996-2001) and the University of Maine at Augusta (2001-2006). He also served for three years as vice chancellor of the University of Maine System. He holds degrees from St. Francis Xavier University (B.A.), the University of Hartford (M.Ed.), and Boston University (Ed.D.).

“I am delighted to be the next president of York County Community College,” said Lyons. “I believe deeply that higher education will be the driver of the Maine economy over the coming decades and that our community colleges will play a critical role in bringing more Maine people to college. I look forward to working with all members of the YCCC community in realizing all that the college can be.”

Lyons is a former chair of the Maine Higher Education Council, the current chair of the Board of Visitors of the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, and a senior member of the Clinical Research Review Committee at Maine Medical Center. He has also chaired the Maine Higher Education Partnership, a group of six UMS and MCCS presidents charged with creating seamless articulation agreements among the 14 institutions that comprise the University of Maine and Maine Community College Systems.

Lyons was selected from a field of 60 candidates following a national search. He succeeds Patricia Ryan who died in April after an extended illness. The father of five, Lyons is a graduate of Madison (ME) High School and currently resides in Scarborough. His wife, Barbara Lyons, is a special education teacher at Sanford Junior High School, where she has worked for the past 17 years.


In other Board action, trustees elected Dennis King of Freeport, chief executive officer of Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, as chair of the MCCS Board of Trustees, and Daniel Wathen of Augusta, retired chief justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and currently of counsel at Pierce Atwood, as vice chair. The Board also approved updates to pay-scale ranges for MCCS confidential employees and approved a number of new certificate and degree programs at Kennebec Valley Community College, including a one-year advanced certificate in sonography, a two-year associate in applied science in mental health and human services, and a one-year certificate in massage therapy.


A photo of Dr. Lyons is available upon request. Please contact Helen Pelletier.