The JSU Board of Trustees recently passed a resolution naming the university’s Department of Management and Marketing in honor of Lyons & Company, Inc. The academic unit will now be known as “The Lyons & Company, Inc. Department of Management and Marketing.”
A generous donation from Lyons & Company, Inc., secured the naming rights for the department – distinguishing the partnership as the university’s first corporate gift for an academic department naming on campus. Until now, the only named academic department at JSU has been the David L. Walters Department of Music, named in honor of Dr. David L. Walters, who directed the Marching Southerners for 30 years.
“We are honored to be associated with the outstanding professionals at Lyons & Company, Inc.” said Dr. Mark Hearn, interim department chair. “Their generosity – along with their commitment to the highest professional standards – sets a great example for our students and will have an impact on our department for years to come.”
Lyons & Company, Inc. is the parent organization for firms providing services to mostly small and medium-sized businesses across the US. Originally established in Florence, Ala., in 1995 as a staffing firm known as Lyons HR, the company added a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) division in 2008, headquartered in Gadsden, Ala., that has grown into one of the largest privately-owned PEOs in the country. Insurance and technology services were added in 2020 and 2022, respectively.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, a PEO is an organization that enters into a co-employment relationship with an employer by outsourcing professionals who…