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Business and Management

Tony R. Lyons, DM

Dean, College of Business & Management and Doctoral Studies

Farmington, MI

Motivated Mentor and Educator. Business-IT Expert. Loving Father.


  • DM, Information Technology, Lawrence Technological University
  • MBA, Information Systems, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BS, Mathematics, Tennessee State University


Dr. Tony R. Lyons is Dean for Colorado Technical University’s College of Business and Management and Doctoral Studies. Dr. Lyons brings more than three decades of business and higher education experience, passion, and innovation to the CTU team.

In his current role as Dean, Dr. Lyons provides overall guidance and leadership for the College of Business and Doctoral Studies. His duties include developing strong curriculum, finding the right faculty to deliver that curriculum to the student body, and supporting CTU’s mission as a whole. Prior to taking on his current role, Dr. Lyons served at CTU as Program Chair, Information Technology & Computer Science. He continues to lead CTU classes on diverse subjects like mathematics, business, information technology, and more.

Before entering the higher education sphere, Dr. Lyons earned a wealth of experience in the world of business. Holding leadership roles at major corporations such as IBM and Chrysler, Dr. Lyons honed his skills in deploying technology solutions, developing business strategies, recruiting ideal team members, and more.

Later, Dr. Lyons held the role of President & Executive Consultant at P2e Solutions, LLC, where he helped numerous diverse clients establish information technology infrastructure, architecture, sourcing, and more. He started his higher education journey by teaching courses at University of Detroit Mercy while still remaining an active business and IT professional.

Dr. Lyons is a community activist – serving as President of his local neighborhood association. When not at CTU, he enjoys working on his golf game, mentoring his two young-adult children, and taking annual family vacations.

Academic Specialization/Focus at CTU

Business and Management, Doctoral Studies

It’s the perfect situation for me – being at CTU really does provide an opportunity for me to take my unique experiences in industry and apply that to an academic setting. Aligned with CTU’s mission, it has always been my desire to help a diverse group of students meet their academic and professional goals.

My philosophy is to utilize different academic tools, techniques, and styles to meet students where they are. Students come from all walks of life – we need to present academic content in a way that’s relevant to them.

On that end, I strive to clearly define course objectives and develop content around those objectives so that students can achieve a real-world understanding of the theoretical concepts covered in the lessons.

I am passionate about helping kids – especially underprivileged or disadvantaged kids – achieve academically. I speak to kids from 1st grade through high school in order to help them set and achieve their objectives – mentoring and coaching is very important to me.

  • Lyons, T. R. (2010). The impact of IT outsourcing on surviving employees: Managing survivor syndrome symptoms. Lawrence Technological University, 2010, 180 pages; AAT 3418827
  • Steenkamp, A. L., Schiller, K., Allour, K., Lyons, T., & Nnolim, A. (2005). Modeling Information and Business Systems Architectures – A Team Project. Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON) 2005. Columbus, Ohio, October 8.
  • Steenkamp, A. L., Schiller, K., Allour, K., Lyons, T., Nnolim, A., & Kakish, K. (2007). Modeling Information and Business Systems Architectures – A Team Project. Information Systems Education Journal, 5(21). ISSN: 1544-679X.
  • Steenkamp, A. L., Schiller, K., Allour, K., Lyons, T., & Nnolim, A. (2005). Modeling Information and Business Systems Architectures – A Team Project. Proceedings of the 2005 Information Systems Education Conference (ISECON), v 22. Columbus, OH., USA. §3122. ISSN: 1542-7382.
  • Information Technology Senior Management Forum
  • Board of Directors, TLab Accelerated Learning Centers
  • Association of Business Process Professionals
  • Board of Directors, National Black MBA Association
  • Executive Leadership Development, DaimlerChrysler Services Academy
  • Customer Relationship Management, IBM Executive Development Institute
  • Career Communications Group Technology Marketing Leadership Award
  • Automotive Industry Action Group Outstanding Contribution to North American Industry Award
  • Chairman’s Quality Recognition Award – Chrysler Corporation
  • Business and IT
  • Information Systems
  • Sourcing