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Lyles named new dean at Alcorn State

Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences in Lorman has added Dr. Ivory W. Lyles as interim dean and director of land-grant programs.

Lyles arrives with administrative and leadership experience from previous assignments in higher education. As a resource developer and supervisor of finances at the University of Arkansas, he raised more than $25 million in 8 1/2 years. He managed operating budgets in excess of $75 million and utilized his skills to help organizations face financial challenges head on.

Lyles started his career with Mississippi State University Extension Service as a county agent in Philadelphia, Miss. He has worked for The Ohio State University as a professor teaching agricultural and extension education, University of Tennessee as district director of extension, Tennessee State University as extension administrator, and retired from the University of Arkansas as associate vice president for agriculture/director of extension.

Lyles graduated from Alcorn in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture economics. He completed his master’s degree in agriculture economics and extension education at Mississippi State University in 1984. He earned his doctorate in agriculture education at The Ohio State University in 1991.

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