Long-time resident of Columbus, Georgia, Michael Lydiate attended two different universities in the city. After graduating high school, he enrolled at Columbus State University. Lydiate studied Exercise Science and Health Physical Education, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree. Michael Lydiate obtained two additional degrees: a Master’s degree in Education from Troy University, also in Columbus, and a Ph.D. in Education from Argosy University in Sarasota, Florida. Mike Lydiate has spent the majority of his professional career in Columbus. He began as an Adjunct Professor at Troy University, taking on responsibility for upholding an appropriate rigor in the classroom while providing instruction to students. In 2010, he joined the University of Phoenix, where he serves as an Advisor and Professor. He provides guidance to his students by helping them with enrollment and preparing them to start their college careers. Mike Lydiate continues to support and advise students throughout their time at the University of Phoenix. He also helps uphold education requirements through his courses. Michael Lydiate stays involved in the local community outside of work. He supports charitable nonprofit organizations such as the Toys for Tots Foundation, developed and operated by the United States Marine Corps, which collects new toys for less fortunate children. Mike Lydiate also supports the Valley Rescue Mission, headquartered in Columbus, as well as local clothing and food drives. In his free time, he enjoys playing soccer, golfing, and playing the guitar.