Alumnus Dr. Ivory W. Lyles to Address 2017 School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences Graduates

On Monday, May 1, over 135 graduate and undergraduate students of the Alcorn State University School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences will be honored at the fifth annual Graduate Recognition Program and Reception in the Ray Johnson Assembly Center, Extension and Research Complex, Lorman campus.

The program will begin at 6 p.m. The ticket-only reception will follow immediately after the program in the Conservatory Room of the Center for Ecology and Natural Resources.

Alumnus Dr. Ivory W. Lyles, professor of agricultural science, School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences, will deliver the congratulatory message.

Dr. Lyles, a 1980 agriculture economics graduate of Alcorn State University, received his Master of Science degree in 1984 from Mississippi State University and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1991 from The Ohio State University.

Lyles started his career with Mississippi State University as a county agent in Philadelphia, Mississippi. He, also, worked as a professor at The Ohio State University, district director of extension at the University of Tennessee, extension administrator at Tennessee State University, and retired as an associate vice president of agriculture/director of extension at the University of Arkansas. He later owned and operated Lyles Consultancy. Mostly recently, he served as dean and director of land-grant programs, at his alma mater, Alcorn State.

Lyles is active in the Alcorn State University National Alumni, life member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated, where he serves on the General Board as International Director of Social Action, and is a member of the 100 Black Men Organization.

Other program participants will include, Dr. John Igwebuike, vice provost for academic affairs and student records, Office of Academic Affairs, and Dr. Keith McGee, interim dean and director of land-grant programs, and chair, Center for Biotechnology. Also, Rodricka Allen, senior, agricultural economics major, and Darrell Morris, senior, vocal performance major. Sydney Allen, senior, child development major, will serve as program guide.

Immediately following the Graduate Recognition Program, a reception will be held in the Center for Ecology and Natural Resources.

A limited number of reception tickets are available. To reserve a ticket, contact Dr. Gwendolyn Lucas-Gordon, at [email protected] or 601-877-6253, or Shea Davis-Gray, administrative assistant, at 601-877-6378 or [email protected].

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