Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 7, 2010


The U.S. Department of State has named Philip Lyon, an alumnus of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Boren Fellowship, as State Alumni Member of the Month. Throughout June, his leadership and promotion of community service will be recognized on the State Alumni website, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ official website for the more than one million Department-sponsored exchange program alumni worldwide. Each month, the Bureau’s Office of Alumni Affairs, which supports alumni as they build on their exchange experiences, confers the award on an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

Philip Lyon learned the importance of cross-cultural appreciation and language learning while taking part in a transformative exchange program in a small city in central Mexico. This was the first of several exchange experiences, including the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and the Boren Fellowship Program that led him to a career as a specialist in international affairs. During his Fulbright Fellowship in Croatia from 2004 to 2005, Lyon lived and worked in various regions affected by the 1990s war in the former Yugoslavia to research the history of ethnic minorities in the region during the early 20th century.

As a community volunteer, Lyon serves on the Board of Directors of the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) of the Fulbright Association in Washington, D.C. He has led the organization of major events, including the Fulbright Association’s 2009 Open House and a celebration of Afro-Cuban music at the GALA Hispanic Theater. Lyon is also co-director of the Boren Forum, the alumni organization for recipients of the National Security Education Program’s (NSEP) Boren Fellowships and Scholarships. His efforts to enhance the organization to better serve its members’ career and information needs include establishing regional chapters for members living in the United States.

Lyon is currently a public policy expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and also volunteers his time with agencies that implement international programs. He emphasizes that exchanges have enriched his life immeasurably and he therefore seeks to share their benefits with others through the promotion of international exchange programs.

For more information, visit the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ website at http://exchanges.state.gov/alumni/alumnus.html, or contact Catherine Stearns, StearnsCL@state.gov or phone (202) 632-6437.



PRN: 2010/739