Meet the Vice Provost
Dr. Peter Lyons is vice provost and dean of Perimeter College at Georgia State, one of the largest degree-granting colleges in the nation.
As vice provost and dean, Lyons is the executive officer for the college and is responsible for academic, administrative, research and service functions. The vice provost and dean reports to the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Georgia State University and is responsible for visionary, innovative leadership and effective administration of the college.
Perimeter College offers five campuses (plus an extensive online program) serving metropolitan Atlanta–in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton County.
Before assuming the Perimeter role in January 2016, Lyons was the associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Georgia State and professor of social work in the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He joined the faculty of Georgia State in 1998 as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. He progressed to the positions of associate professor, director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work and full professor between 2004 and 2012.
As associate provost for institutional effectiveness, he spearheaded the university’s move to a single authoritative data system, redesigned the academic program review and administrative unit review process and led the university through accreditation-related initiatives. He helped stabilize the School of Nursing and Health Professions through its leadership transition and developed and coordinated the consolidation plan for Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State.
Lyons received his doctoral degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo and earned his master’s degree in social work and an advanced diploma in education at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
His research and publications are in the areas of child maltreatment, risk assessment, program evaluation and decision-making. He is co-author, with Howard J. Doueck, of the book “The Dissertation: from Beginning to End,” published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
Lyons has presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences and published numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. He was the founding director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work at GSU, and as Principle Investigator on the school’s Professional Excellence and Child Welfare Education grants, has been the recipient of more than $15 million in external funding.
Lyons’ wife Teresa is also a Georgia State graduate, and both of Lyons’ sons graduated from Georgia State before moving on to graduate studies at Harvard University.