LOS ANGELES, CA – John P. Lyons began his tenure as Associate Dean, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), at UCLA Extension on August 3, 2020.

In his executive role, Lyons guides the division of continuing education whose annual revenues are $60 million, offering 5000 courses (remote, online, hybrid, classroom) per year, with centers in six (6) locations in Los Angeles County. As Associate Dean at UCLA Extension, Lyons directs the administrative units of finance, information technology, facilities and student and alumni services.

“The addition of John Lyons to the leadership team comes at a pivotal time in continuing higher education,” said Eric A. Bullard, Dean of Continuing Education and UCLA Extension. “His strengths and wealth of knowledge in the areas of finance and operations meet the moment, as we reassess and plan in the short- and long-term with the current COVID-19 disruption informing our strategic vision.“

Lyons has more than 20 years of experience in higher education. He was most recently the Associate Dean for Administration and Operations at the College of Professional and International Education at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). In that role, Lyons oversaw a self-supporting budget of more than $30 million annually and an additional $2 million state allocation for international education.

His administrative responsibilities included oversight of Human Resources and Personnel; Finance and Business Services; Facilities Planning and Management; Information Technology Services; and, Advanced Media Production. At CSULB, he was instrumental in realigning administrative units to support the organization’s mission and oversaw a multi-million-dollar construction project to build an energy-neutral LEED® Platinum 35,000 square foot classroom building for the College of Professional and International Education.

Before joining CSULB, John served as Executive Director of International, Graduate, and Extended Education at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and as Director of Concurrent Enrollment and Design Your Own Programs at the University of California, Santa Barbara Extension.

Lyons holds a master’s degree in Latin American and Iberian Studies earned at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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