Alvin Lyons


(812) 855-4944
Room Number:
SPEA 322

Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Indianapolis, 2009
  • M.A., Indiana University, Indianapolis, 2003
  • B.A., Colorado College, 1973


  • Management Concepts & Applications in Public and Private Organizations
  • Nonprofit Management & Leadership
  • Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector


In memoriam: Alvin Lyons, July 9, 1950 - March 15, 2017 

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Al Lyons has been contributing to the nonprofit sector for more than 30 years as a consultant, board member, staff leader, educator, and researcher. He teaches courses at SPEA in nonprofit management and arts administration. Lyons earned his doctorate in Philanthropic Studies at IU-one of the first four recipients to be awarded a PhD in that field.

Lyons is a nationally recognized trainer of development professionals and community leaders. He has worked with more than 300 nonprofit organizations in management, board, and consulting leadership positions, mostly in nonprofit hospitals and health organizations, as well as in theater organizations. His current research is devoted to nonprofit boards and governance. Lyons developed a Board Certification Program offered through the City of Bloomington for area nonprofit boards, now being offered in other Indiana communities.

After receiving his doctorate, and prior to returning to Indiana University to teach, Lyons was director of social innovation and nonprofit management at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there, he conducted professional programs on a variety of nonprofit management trends and topics throughout Michigan as well as for Notre Dame University and Arizona State University. Other activities included leading a week-long seminar for hospital development professionals for Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, the first program for hospital development directors offered in that country.


  • Nonprofit hospital and health organization expert
  • 20 years of fund/board development consulting services
  • Curriculum director, Global Social Entrepreneurship Institute, Kelly School of Business Institute for International Business

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Selected Works

  • "Grantwriting and Leadership in Working with Foundations and Government," Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (K.A. Agard, Ed.). SAGE Reference project. (2010)
  • "Leading the Traditional Giving Pyramid: Types and Levels Giving," Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations (K.A. Agard, Ed.). SAGE Reference project. (2010)
  • "The Philanthropic Behavior of Nonprofit Hospitals." (Dissertation)