Lyon College Names New Provost


Lyon College President W. Joseph King has announced that Dr. Melissa P. Taverner has been appointed Provost and Dean of the Faculty effective January 15, 2018.   Taverner is an Associate Professor of Biology at Emory & Henry College, a national liberal arts college located in Emory, Virginia.  In 2016-2017, she served as Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College.  In her twenty-two years there, she has also served as Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, Director of Assessment, and Chair of the Department of Biology.

“Dr. Taverner brings extensive classroom and academic leadership experience to Lyon, as well as experience with strategic planning and assessment, recruitment and retention, high-impact academic experiences, and diversity and inclusion. Having attended and spent her career at a residential liberal arts college, she deeply understands our mission and commitment to transformational experiences for our students. I look forward to working with Dr. Taverner as we strategically examine ways to advance Lyon’s academic reputation and ensure its financial sustainability,” said King.    MORE

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