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On January 26, 2017, the Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education appointed Dr. Barbara G. Lyman to serve as Shippensburg University’s interim president. She will serve as interim president during the search for a new, permanent president to replace Dr. Jody Harpster, who
retired January 20.
Dr. Lyman has served as the university’s chief academic officer since 2008, most recently as provost and executive vice president.
Prior to coming to Shippensburg University, Dr. Lyman served as associate vice president for academic affairs at the University of West Florida. She previously served as an associate and assistant graduate dean as well as a full-time faculty member and department chair at Texas State
University – San Marcos, and also was on the faculty at Oakland University, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and the University of Delaware.
She has held leadership roles at three public comprehensive universities, working extensively in academic program development, faculty affairs and student success initiatives, as well as in strategic planning, budgeting and assessment.
Dr. Lyman has a bachelor's degree in English from Anna Maria College; a master's degree in English and American literature from Brandeis University; and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Louisiana State University. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Study in teaching of reading from the Harvard
University Graduate School of Education.
During her nearly 10 years at Shippensburg University Dr. Lyman has led efforts to diversify the university’s academic program portfolio including the addition of three engineering programs—software, computer and electrical—and Shippensburg’s first two doctoral programs: a Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and a Ed.D. in Counselor
Education and Supervision.
She also led the creation of the university’s first Academic Master Plan, a strategic plan to guide, among other priorities, the creation of cutting-edge specialties within existing disciplines, for example, the minor in disability studies.
Dr. Lyman fostered the formal establishment of academic living learning communities (LLCs) beginning with the Honors Program LLC. She also elevated student/faculty mentored undergraduate research as a signature high-impact practice at Shippensburg, succeeded in
adding affirmations of accreditations and certifications to academic programs and increased retention of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students.