Matt Lyons returns to his roots at Illinois State, after spending the past year as the director of the Panther Scholarship Club (PSC). At UNI, Lyons was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the PSC, including coordinating fund raising and membership benefits, special events and increasing club membership.
Prior to leaving for UNI, Lyons worked two years as the development associate for the Weisbecker Scholarship Fund (WSF), as a graduate assistant at Illinois State. At ISU, Lyons assisted in the day-to-day operations of the WSF and coordinated 2009-10 Redbird football and men's basketball membership benefits, including parking allocation, parking redistribution and hospitality room services. He also co-created the Young `Birds program, a donor level group for young alumni from conception.
In addition, Lyons worked a year and a half as an assistant director of development for the Tiger Scholarship Fund at Missouri. Lyons was responsible for oversight of all annual fund donor development, cultivation and solicitation south of Interstate 70 and major gift prospects at the $25,000 level and higher. He also had oversight of three donor clubs in Columbia, Mo., St. Louis, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo.
Lyons earned his bachelor's degree from Illinois in recreation, sport and tourism with an emphasis in sports management in 2008. He garnered his master's degree in kinesiology and recreation at Illinois State in 2010. Lyons was born and raised in Bloomington/Normal and currently resides in Normal, Ill.