As Program Director and Professor, Dr. Robert Lyons oversees the professional development and research projects of the students in the Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture. He received his B.A. in Biology from Rutgers College of Rutgers University and went on to earn an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, both in Horticultural Science. From 1998 – 2004, Dr. Lyons held the J.C. Raulston Distinguished Professor chair in Horticultural Science at NC State University where he was also the Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh, N.C. From 1981 – 1998, he was Professor of Horticulture at Virginia Tech and also Co-founder/Director of the VT Horticulture Gardens. Dr. Lyons received the 2001 Outstanding Undergraduate Educator award from the American Landscape & Nursery Association; in 1999 he received the National Outstanding Undergraduate Educator Award and in 1993 the Outstanding Research Paper Award, both from the American Society for Horticultural Science. In 1996 he received the Virginia Tech W.E. Wine Award for excellence in undergraduate education. In 2008, he became a fellow in the American Society for Horticultural Science and received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lyons served as an Associate Editor/Teaching Methods for HortTechnology from 1997 – 2003 and developed the theme issue, “Arboreta and Gardens – Teaching Labs for Undergraduates” (HortTechnology 9(4): 548 – 576). He is currently the Consulting Editor for the Public Horticulture section of HortTechnology.