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The Journey Begins radio for the engaged parent and dedicated educator presents an exclusive interview with Dr. James Earl Lyons, Sr, Secretary of Higher Education for the state of Maryland. Dr. James Earl Lyons, Sr. became Secretary of Higher Education in March 2007. Before assuming this position, he was President of California State University, Dominguez Hills. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, he received a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in student personnel from the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his doctorate in Professional Higher Education Administration. In the spring of 2000, he received the Neag School of Education “Distinguished Alumnus Award” from his alma mater for his significant impact on education, his inspiration on others in their field, and for his considerable accomplishments and continuing level of achievement. Lyons brings to the Maryland Higher Education Commission a wealth of experience and a personal touch to his presidency, having served in numerous arenas, from the Peace Corps and the classroom to executive offices and boardrooms. His inclusive style of governance means drawing on diverse elements of the community to develop and implement policy. Lyons has written and spoken extensively on myriad issues facing public education, and he has been a consultant to various agencies, boards, and commissions through the years on matters ranging from assessments of college presidents, analyses of magnet schools, busing and desegregation to the collective bargaining process and corporations reaching out to minority-owned franchises.