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Lyons Named Faculty Athletics Representative

Lyons Named Faculty Athletics Representative

BEREA, Ohio – Baldwin Wallace University Director of Athletics Steve Thompson has announced that Dr. Andi Lyons has been named the new Faculty Athletics Representative.

Lyons succeeds Dr. Alan Kolp, who retired from Baldwin Wallace this May after 22 years of teaching and serving 14 as the faculty athletics representative.

"Alan Kolp has been an irreplaceable mentor and thought leader for our staff and student-athletes throughout his tenure at BW," said Thompson.  "We wish him the very best in his retirement but know he will continue represent and support the Yellow Jacket Family."

"With Alan's retirement, we are excited and thrilled to have Andi Lyons continue to guide and support our department," commented Thompson.  "She is a dynamic professional that as a student-athlete competed at a high level and since has supported student-athlete growth in the classroom.  She will be a tremendous resource for our coaches and student-athletes as they navigate their Baldwin Wallace University experience.  I am thrilled to welcome her to the team."

At BW, Lyons enters her third year as an associate professor in the sport and hospitality management department in the Carmel Boyer School of Business.

"I would like to thank President Bob Helmer, Director of Athletics Steve Thompson, and Vice President of Student Affairs Timeka Rashid for the opportunity to join such an exciting and dynamic athletics department," stated Lyons.  "It is a true honor to be appointed as the Faculty Athletics Representative. I am excited to be the voice between academics and athletics to benefit BW student–athletes."

Lyons came to BW after serving as the director of undergraduate and one-year master's programs in the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William & Mary (Va.) for one year.

Prior to William & Mary, she served as senior lecturer, undergraduate program director and internship coordinator at Old Dominion (Va.) University.  Lyons has also served as an assistant professor at Hampton (Va.) University, visiting assistant professor at Michigan State University and assistant professor at Ball State (Ind.) University.

In addition to her teaching roles, Lyons was athletic academic advisor, director of enrollment services for student-athletes, and assistant track and field coach at Florida State and an assistant track and field coach at Mississippi State.

Lyons earned a Doctorate in Philosophy with a concentration sport administration from Florida State University, a Master of Science in sport administration from Mississippi State, and a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Florida State.  While at Florida State, she was a track and field All-American.