Dr. Lyons Appointed Dean, Director

After 20 years serving as a professor of criminal justice and program administrator at Sam Houston State University, Dr. Philip Lyons was appointed Dean of the College of Criminal Justice and Director of the Criminal Justice Center, effective Sept. 1.

Dr. Lyons will lead one of the oldest and largest criminal justice programs in the country, which features the Departments of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Security Studies and Forensic Science, along with affiliated institutes which provide research and training to professionals in the field.

Dr. Lyons will oversee education for more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students, pursuing four bachelor degrees, three graduate certificates, six masterís degrees and two Ph.D. programs in the field, including the newest multi-disciplinary doctoral degree in forensic science. Many of the degree programs are available in the Collegeís nationally ranked online programs.

Dr. Lyons also will manage a growing number of institutes that provide professional development and research centers for those in law enforcement, corrections, forensics and victim services.

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