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Leadership, Faculty & Staff

Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs

Frankie Lyons, Ed.D.

Associate Dean of Health Programs
School of Health Professions

A Note From The Associate Dean of Nursing:

Now could be the perfect time to seek the next level of your career pathway. The healthcare world is evolving, and current providers/caregivers are seeking ways to train up or transition as new opportunities emerge or become open due to retirements and shifts in responsibilities.

The University of Providence offers a variety of Health Professions programs: undergraduate and graduate, degrees and certificates, clinical and non-clinical. Explore our offerings in the Health Professions division to determine which program is the right fit for your short- and long-term career goals.

– Dr. Frankie Lyons EdD | Associate Dean of Health Professions



Educational Background

  • Doctor of Education in Adult & Community College Education, North Carolina State University
  • Masters in Healthcare Administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
  • Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Professional/Clinical Background

  • Director of Healthcare Administration Programs, School of Health Professions
  • Radiography Program Director
  • Staff Radiologic Technologist and Mammography Technologist


Deanship Background

  • Associate Dean/Division Chair Health Programs, School of Health Professions, University of Providence
  • Interim Executive Dean, School of Health Professions, University of Providence
  • Dean/Health Science Division Director, Great Falls College Montana State University
  • Dean, School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety, Davidson County Community College


Faculty/Teaching Background

  • Masters in Healthcare Administration Leadership Courses, University of Providence, 2018 – Current
  • College Leadership for Graduate Students, North Carolina State University, Community, 2015
  • Medical Terminology, Great Falls College Montana State University, 2014 – 2018
  • Radiography Coursework, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, 1996 – 2011


Professional Affiliations

  • American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
  • American Association of Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiological Sciences (AEIRS)
  • American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)
  • North Carolina Society of Radiologic Technologists (NCSRT)



  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society at NCSU, Excellence in Teaching Award at RCCC, Support to the
  • Mission of the College Award at RCCC, Patriotic Employer Award at RCCC.



Three Questions With Frankie Lyons

  • What are the key strengths of our program? How do you plan to continue strengthening them?
    • Designed for working professionals.
    • Online, didactic coursework
    • Clinical programs have regional labs offered on weekends.
    • Strong partnerships with Providence Health System (PHS),
    • Faculty are practicing professionals who bring real-world experience and job-required skills to the students.
    • Designed to be affordable and competitive.
    • Cohort model to build relationships and peer learning and enhance retention and success.
    • Seeking additional partnerships beyond PHS.
  • Where do you see the future of healthcare as a profession? How do you plan on preparing students for the future?
    • Healthcare is continually evolving. The future will incorporate more technology and artificial intelligence (AI) into care models. Adaptability will be a required skill and competency for all healthcare professionals now and into the future.
  • What is your advice to someone who is considering a healthcare career?
    • Take advantage of opportunities to connect and network with classmates, faculty, and staff. These connections will prove vital as you grow and transition professionally. Consider yourself a “life-long learner.” And seek ways to apply the learning from your courses immediately in your work life to reinforce learning and solidify your competencies.