UMS Bulletins
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2005
CONTACT: Rita Sullivan 207-973-3245


AUGUSTA - University of Maine System Chancellor Joseph W. Westphal has announced that he will grant a one-year sabbatical to University of Maine at Augusta (UMA) President Charles M. Lyons, who requested the time to prepare for his return to the classroom as a faculty member at the University of Southern Maine (USM).

Lyons, who will begin his leave on July 1, 2005, is in the final year of his term as president of UMA. He was appointed to the post in March 2002 by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees, after serving as Interim President since June 2001.

“President Lyons has given more than 30 years of service to Maine's universities and higher education,” said Westphal. “From faculty to presidency, his vision and leadership have helped to advance higher education throughout the State.

“Since 2001, President Lyons has worked tirelessly as an advocate for higher education as President of the University of Maine at Augusta,” Westphal continued. “We are fortunate that he will continue to serve the University System as a member of the faculty of the University of Southern Maine.”

Lyons joined the University of Maine System in 1973 and has held numerous positions over the course of his career. He has served as a Department Chair, Associate Dean, and Executive Director of the UMS Office of Health Professions Education. He has also served terms as President of the University of Maine at Fort Kent and Interim President of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. He maintains his rank as a tenured Professor of Special Education at USM, where he will resume his place on the faculty.

“I have been honored to serve the University of Maine at Augusta for the past four years,” said Lyons. “Having been out of the classroom for more than a decade, however, I look forward to the opportunity to return to a role that I love, working directly with students.”

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