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Dr. Cindy Lyon Accepted into the Class of 2014-2015 Fellows in the ELAM Program

May  14, 2014

Dr. Cindy LyonCindy Lyon, RDH, DDS, Ed.D. has been chosen for an intensive one-year program of leadership training for women candidates for leadership in academic medicine, dentistry and public health. The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program develops the professional and personal skills required to lead and manage in today's complex healthcare environment.

The Class of Fellows was selected based on recommendations from colleagues, a nomination by the school and evidence of institutional support. Throughout the year, Lyon will work on an Action Project addressing a specific need of the dental school. She will also participate in a national forum at the end of the program in 2015 to share her project.  

"Dr. Lyon is an inspirational leader and educator whose passion for raising the bar in oral healthcare is evident in everything she does," said Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr. "She has earned the highest respect from her colleagues and students, and we are thrilled that she has been accepted into such a prestigious program for women leaders poised to effect positive change."  

Lyon currently serves as department chair for the Department of Dental Practice and Community Service at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. She began her career at the dental school in 2001 when she was asked to launch a dental hygiene program, and she was instrumental in developing the innovative curriculum and obtaining accreditation for the nation's first three-year baccalaureate dental hygiene program.  

Lyon earned her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California, her dental degree from the University of the Pacific and her doctoral degree in education from University of the Pacific's Benerd School of Education. She is a liaison to the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Commission on Change and Innovation, a past chair of the California Dental Association Foundation and currently serves as a guest on behalf of education to the California Dental Association Foundation Board of Trustees.  

Established in 1995, ELAM aims to expand the national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership. ELAM is part of the International Center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Alumnae of the ELAM program now include nearly 800 women, and they serve in leadership positions at more than 190 academic health centers and organizations around the world. 

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