For six years, Charles M. Lyons was the heart and soul of York County Community College. Charlie was a man whom friends and peers called a pioneer in higher education and a community leader. Charlie lost a brave battle with cancer on August 22, 2012.
Charlie became president at YCCC in 2006, part of a career that included serving as a university and college president in Maine for 17 years.
Charlie was recognized as an "advocate for students and a cheerleader for the importance of higher education in the lives of people in Maine," by Maine Community College System President Dr. John Fitzsimmons.
Under Charlie’s leadership YCCC grew from a young, fledgling institution to a vibrant college deeply entrenched in the community.
• Enrollment grew 77% and YCCC was twice named one of the fastest growing community colleges of its size in the country.
• During his tenure Charlie launched new programs in Nursing (in partnership with SMCC), Medical Assisting, Health Studies, Digital Media, Criminal Justice, Education, and expanded Culinary Arts to include a Certificate in Baking and Pastry.
• He initiated new programs in Precision Machining Technology and Veterinary Technology, which are both set to launch in Fall 2013.
• Charlie established articulation agreements with Husson University, Southern NH University, St. Joseph’s College, Thomas College, UMass Lowell, UMaine Fort Kent and Kaplan University.
• YCCC received a 10-year accreditation in 2010 from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).
The YCCC Foundation has established the Charles M. Lyons Memorial Fund to remember Charlie and to help future development of the YCCC campus.
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