Phillip Lyons, professor of criminal justice at Sam Houston State University, has been named dean of the university’s College of Criminal Justice and director of its affiliated Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.
The announcement was made today by SHSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jaimie Hebert.
“As we embark on a new chapter in the college, I am confident that Dr. Lyons will work to ensure the continued success of the college and center and will develop a comprehensive strategy that incorporates the diverse strengths and aspirations of the faculty and staff,” he said.
Sam Houston State University is the home of one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, serving undergraduate and graduate students, as well as professionals in the field.
Lyons has served as interim dean and director since Vincent Webb stepped down from the position in August 2014. His appointment follows a nationwide search conducted over almost a year.
“I have had the opportunity to work for three different deans during my tenure in the College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University,” Lyons said. “Each of them left both a valuable legacy and insights as to how best to lead. I am humbled and excited at having been selected to lead such a great group of people into the second half of our first century as a program. With this accomplished faculty, outstanding staff, wonderful students, supportive university administration, generous alumni, and agencies in the field who are eager to work with us, I am confident that we will continue to do great things.” ... Read more ...