Lyle receives WWU Graduate College Distinguished Professor Award

Ken Lyle, chief
financial officer for Fulton State Hospital
and an adjunct faculty member at William Woods University, is the first
recipient of the newly created Graduate College
Distinguished Professor Award.

Lyle of Columbia, Mo., has served as an adjunct
faculty member for WWU’s master of business administration program for 15
years. This spring was a
special time for Lyle as he was chosen as commencement speaker for the Graduate College .
During the commencement ceremony, he was named the Graduate College
Distinguished Professor.
The award was established to recognize professors providing
outstanding teaching and service to the university’s Graduate College. The
award will be
presented each year to an
adjunct or full-time employee
teaching in one of the
programs offered through the Graduate College.  
Lyle teaches MBA classes in leadership,
organizational behavior, managerial ethics, entrepreneurship, health care
emphasis courses and the Capstone courses.
“I am pleased that our first Graduate College
Distinguished Professor Award
recipient was Ken Lyle,” Dr. Michael
Westerfield, vice president
and dean of the Graduate College, said. 
“Ken’s outstanding teaching, loyal program support, and
genuine concern for students are reasons that exemplify
what WWU desires in those
teaching in our programs.
 His business leadership and community involvement are noteworthy, making
him an obvious choice as our first
Lyle graduated from William Jewell College of
Liberty, Missouri, with
a bachelor’s degree in philosophy
and psychology, and went on to earn master’s degrees in counseling psychology
public administration from the University of Missouri.
He has served most of his career within Missouri’s Department
of Mental Health. Working in Jefferson City, he was a state-level planner,
establishing plans for hospital capacity, forensic services and specialized
children’s services. He also designed a statewide Medicaid program tailored to
serve the needs of the severely mentally ill in Missouri.
Since 1992, he has served as the chief financial officer for
Fulton State Hospital, the department’s flagship facility.