Following 30 years of service to Dodge City Community College, vice president of Workforce Development, Anthony Lyons, is retired August 1. A passion for education led Lyons to begin his career at DCCC on Sept. 1, 1987. He was initially hired as an admissions representative and, from there, he has held several positions, including director of financial aid (1990), associate dean of students (1995), dean of students (2000), vice-president of student and community services (2011), vice president of community and industry relations (2012), vice president of aerospace programs and industry relations (2014) and, finally, vice president of Workforce Development (2016).
Lyons has been deeply involved and committed to education. He has taught history and political science courses every semester for the past 28 years. In addition, he has held several, professional committee chair positions in the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (KASFA) and the Rocky Mountain Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (RMASFAA). Lyons was elected president of KASFAA in 2004 and he received several awards including induction into the KASFAA Hall of Fame (2009). He was elected vice president of RMASFAA in 2005 and was awarded the Rocky Mountain Leadership Award by the National Association of Student Financial Administrators (NASFAA) in Washington, D.C. in 2007.
During his years of service, Lyons reorganized the DCCC Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (1990) for 2-year and community colleges. He was instrumental in organizing the DCCC honor society, the Order of Castile (2009). Although Lyons spent the majority of his 30 years employed in DCCC Student Services, he initiated the DCCCC Flight Instructor Pilot Program (2008), and played a significant part in developing the DCCC Electrical Power Lineman Program (2012).
When asked about his plans for retirement, Lyons replied, "I plan to spend more time with my family and more time carrying out my responsibilities at church."