Lyon to inaugurate new president Saturday

Dr. Donald V. Weatherman will be installed as the 17th president of Lyon College at inauguration ceremonies Saturday.

The inauguration coincides with Homecoming Weekend at the college. The public is invited to all the inaugural events.

Inauguration activities begin at 10 a.m. Saturday with a reaffirmation of faith worship service in Brown Chapel. The purpose of the service is to reaffirm the college’s service to God and to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), which founded the college in 1872.

The Rev. Nancy McSpadden, the college chaplain, will deliver the sermon. The Rev. Alan Ford, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Newport and a Lyon trustee, will be the liturgist. Dr. Russell Stinson, the Josephine Emily Brown Professor of Music and college organist, will play the organ.

The inauguration convocation will begin at 2 p.m. in Couch Garden with a procession led by the Lyon College Pipe Band. The procession will include the senior class, faculty, staff, trustees and delegates from government, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and colleges and universities from around the nation.

Raymond LaCroix Jr., chair of the Board of Trustees, and Frank Lyon Jr., who chaired the presidential search committee, will install Dr. Weatherman.
Dr. Weatherman will give his inaugural address after the investiture.

A reception in Couch Garden will immediately follow the convocation.

Dr. Weatherman became president of Lyon on July 1 following the retirement of Dr. Walter B. Roettger, who served as the college’s chief executive for 11 years.

A former professor of political philosophy at Lyon (1983-1999), Weatherman left Batesville 10 years ago to become vice president and dean at Erskine College in South Carolina. At Erskine, Weatherman was chief academic officer and, in the president’s absence, the principal officer of the college. He also taught politics.

At Lyon, he served as a division chair for several years and was awarded the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching in 1986. He was the John D. Trimble Sr. Professor of Political Philosophy at that time.

He and his wife, Lynn, have a daughter, a son and a new grandson.