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John M. Lilley was born on March 24, 1939 in Converse, Louisiana. His father was a Baptist pastor. He graduated from Baylor University in the 1960s, and received a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1971. He also received a certificate from the Harvard Business School in 1978. From 1966 to 1976, he worked at The Claremont Colleges. From 1976 to 1980, he served as Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. From 1980 to 2001, he was Dean and then Provost at Penn State Erie for twenty-one years. He served as the President of the University of Nevada, Reno from 2002 to 2006, and of Baylor University from 2006 to 2008. He was fired by the board of regents.
He has served on the Boards of the Economic Development Authority of Western Nevada, the Reno Philharmonic, the Erie Philharmonic, WQLN (TV), WQLN-FM, the Americans for the Competitive Enterprise System, the Northwestern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Council, the Erie Plastics Corporation, the McMannis Educational Trust, the Erie Conference, the Community Coalition, the Education Collaborative, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, the Big 12 Conference, and the American Association of Presidents of Independent Colleges and Universities. He is also a corporator of the Hamot Health Systems, Inc and the St. Vincent Health Center. He served as a convenor for the Texas Baptist University presidents. He is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
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