Penny Lyter is currently an associate professor at UW-Parkside, where she has served in numerous roles over the past two decades. Beginning as Wellness Director, she implemented the first employee wellness program for the campus, developed a student wellness class, and help create a campus Wellness Center. She then served as Chair of the Health, Physical Education and Sport Management department for thirteen years, where she led the development of a new exercise science laboratory and a Strength and Conditioning Center, as well as served an instrumental role in creating three new majors: Sport Management, Fitness Management/Exercise Science, and Applied Health Sciences. Most recently she served as Associate Dean of the College of Natural and Health Sciences, where she directed graduate programs in the college and oversaw the Root River Environmental Education Community Center.
Throughout her professional and personal life, she continues to be driven and guided by her overall holistic view. This view extends to all aspects of academia, from student success in and out of the classroom, to quality academic programming, to a vibrant and healthy campus and community. She embraces wellness throughout her personal life by engaging in numerous fitness activities, including cycling, cross country skiing, and participating in triathlons; as well as traveling and experiencing cultural events with her family and friends.