Fort Lewis College Dean for School of Business Administration Moving to Office of Advancement as Director of Corporate Relations


Dr. Doug Lyon will be leaving his position as dean of the Fort Lewis College School of Business Administration (SOBA) and moving to assist the College in corporate and community relations. The move will become official on January 1, 2015.


Dr. Lyon is a 1987 graduate of Fort Lewis College and became a professor in the FLC School of Business Administration in 2002. In 2011, he was appointed as dean for the school and guided his programs through the difficult aftermath of the 2010 state budget cuts to higher education.


His experience and connections within the community will be invaluable as Fort Lewis College works to strengthen its relationships with state and local organizations. Dr. Lyon is a former member of the Durango City Council and served as mayor in 2007 and 2012. He’s currently a member of the La Plata Economic Development Alliance, and he is chair of the Durango Area Tourism Office Board. He is also on the board of CollegeInvest, which manages billions in college savings plans.


“I’m very excited about this new position,” says Dr. Lyon. “The higher education landscape has never been more competitive. It is critical for both Fort Lewis College and the community that FLC emerges as a strong player in this industry. Corporate and community partnerships are a key mechanism by which that objective will be achieved.”

Soon-to-be constructed Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering Building will house high tech hardware on Fort Lewis College campus

Soon-to-be constructed Geosciences, Physics, and Engineering Building will house high tech hardware on Fort Lewis College campus

Earth from orbit (photo courtesy of NASA on The Commons)

DURANGO, CO – What sets the plot of the 2013 hit film “Gravity” in motion is space debris hurtling around in orbit, tearing apart a space shuttle and stranding George Clooney and Sandra Bullock. It’s a catastrophe that’s not as far fetched as one might think, at least the part about renegade space junk turning a shuttle or satellite into, well, more space junk.

To help prevent a disaster like the one in “Gravity,” the U.S. Air Force teamed up with Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and other institutions across the globe to survey and track space debris orbiting Earth. The project is called the Falcon Telescope Network, and with the area around our planet turning into something resembling a busy highway in the middle of a junkyard, it’s an initiative that’s becoming increasingly important.

The partnership was sealed a while back, but Dr. Ryan Haaland, chair of the FLC Department of Physics and Engineering, was holding off on fully implementing the program at Fort Lewis, delaying delivery of the state-of-the-art telescope and tracking equipment the Air Force offered.

“We’d love to put all that great, new high tech hardware on a brand new building,” he said. “It would be the perfect marriage of the project with a home.”

With the recent groundbreaking of the College’s new geosciences, physics and engineering building, Dr. Haaland is getting his wish. Once the $35 million facility is completed in fall 2016, the Falcon Telescope Network at Fort Lewis College will be headquartered in the observatory on the new building’s roof.

Once the Air Force equipment is installed in the new observatory, FLC students will be able to participate in real world science that has immense implications for them, as well as for the nation and the world. Imagine being a recent graduate in a job interview and explaining how you helped keep space stations, shuttles, as well as communication, GPS, and other satellites out of harm’s way.

The public, from school children to amateur astronomers, will also be able to take advantage of the partnership. Dr. Haaland hopes to make the observatory a showcase for the entire community.

“[The Falcon Telescope Network] always had as one of its major goals to excite and invite young students and locally interested people into the science world and see what kind of observations we can make.”
Learn more about Fort Lewis College’s new geosciences, physics and engineering building.


Meet Steve Parker, Fort Lewis College Foundation Board Member

steve parkerFort Lewis College’s Office of Advancement is proud to feature prominent members of the community on the FLC Alumni blog.

Today, we introduce you to Steve Parker.

“I am a retired community banker who moved to Durango in 1980.  While I was raised and mostly educated down south in Louisiana and Texas, my life here in Colorado has taken up over half my life.  I consider myself to be at least a semi-native of this great state.

My first contact with FLC occurred right after I arrived here to run the old Burns National Bank.  I was treated to lunch by Rexer Berndt and Don Whalen, who were eager to share the merits of Fort Lewis College with me.  They must have succeeded as I was elected to the Foundation Board during that first year here.

During the ups and downs of our micro economy, I have been impressed at the economic support our college gives to our entire region.  I can list so many other positive aspects and will do so over the following months.  To those of you who were fortunate enough to attend college here, I want to say thanks for being such a major part of the connection the college has forged with the town of Durango, as well as La Plata County.”

Steve is a very active friend of Fort Lewis College, and continues to serve on the Foundation Board of Directors.  He also helps out on the Foundation Investment Committee and has even taken full classes at the Fort.

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