Dr. Cindy Lyon began her career at the dental school in 2001, when she was asked to create a dental hygiene program on the University's main campus in Stockton, California. Lyon was instrumental in developing the innovative curriculum and obtaining accreditation for the nation's only three-year baccalaureate dental hygiene program.
Lyon earned her bachelor's degree in dental hygiene from the University of Southern California in 1978 and her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of the Pacific in 1986. Prior to joining the dental school, Lyon owned and operated a private practice and worked for a private practice management firm.
In addition to her responsibilities at the dental school, Lyon is pursuing a doctorate in education through Pacific's Benerd School of Education and serves as a member of the California Dental Association Foundation board of directors. She is the recipient of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Charles Craig Teaching Award and is a fellow of the American Dental Education Association Leadership Institute.