Barbara G. Lyman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lyman

Dr. Barbara G. Lyman has served as Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania since 2008.  She oversees all aspects of three academic colleges including Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Human Services as well as both the Graduate School and the School of Academic Programs and Services along with five additional units including Enrollment Management, Public Service and Sponsored Programs, Social Equity, Honors, and the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education.  Her responsibilities span over 25 academic departments, research and service centers, the Grace B. Luhrs Elementary Laboratory School, and Institutional Research.  

Dr. Lyman came to Shippensburg from the University of West Florida where she was promoted to Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning after first serving as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.  At Texas State University – San Marcos, she rose through the academic ranks and then took on increasing responsibility as department chair, assistant graduate dean, and associate graduate dean.  She has taught full time at Oakland University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Delaware, and Texas State University.  In 2000-2001, Dr. Lyman was one of 29 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellows and served an administrative internship in the President’s Office at the University of Wyoming.

At her present and previous institutions, Dr. Lyman has advanced the academic mission, providing leadership of strategic planning, including Shippensburg University’s first Academic Master Plan.  She has promoted sustainable academic program development, facilitating the creation of numerous new programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.  She has balanced new program growth with assessment and evaluation of existing programs, effectively using academic program review, specialized and institutional accreditation, and academic program prioritization to promote academic quality.  Dr. Lyman’s experience in resource development and allocation includes managing budgets of over $55 million, coordinating planning for a $33 million construction project, and promoting innovative and entrepreneurial program development.  She has championed the success of students and of faculty.

Dr. Lyman has numerous publications in professional journals and has delivered presentations at national and international conferences.   She currently serves as a periodic reviewer for the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education and has been a visiting committee evaluator for institutional accreditation for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MCSHE), and New England Association of Colleges and Schools (NEASC).  She served on the 15-member Characteristics Review Steering Committee for Middle States which facilitated the recent revision of the standards of accreditation.              

Dr. Lyman has been active in organizations including the boards of Austin Lyric Opera and Ballet Pensacola and the Education Committee of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra.  A member of the Shippensburg Area United Way Board of Directors, she has served as Annual Campaign Chair and President.  ACE-related service includes two terms as an elected member of the Council of Fellows Executive Board, 2009-2010 Secretary of the Board, and facilitator for the ACE Institute for New Chief Academic Officers.  She was also elected in 2014 to the inaugural Board of Directors of the Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO).

Barbara Lyman’s earned degrees are in literature and education, including her bachelor’s in English from Anna Maria College, a master’s in English and American Literature from Brandeis University, a Certificate of Advanced Study in the Teaching of Reading from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, and her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University.