Vincent P. Lyles ’84, JD ‘87 – 2018 Badger of the Year

Vincent P. Lyles ’84, JD ’87, President and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, was recently honored as the Milwaukee Chapter’s 2018 Badger of the Year. The award recognizes local alumni who have represented the university positively through generous service to the community.

 “I am honored to be selected the Badger of the Year. I chose to attend Wisconsin not knowing all the history and importance of my university in the world. While I was there I had a chance to engage with some amazing people. People who forever changed my life and made my experience there as a undergrad and law student something I will always cherish. Life has come full circle and my daughter is now a student at Wisconsin, I hope she will look back with fondness regarding her time on campus. 

In my acceptance speech I talked about how all of us can do more to move the Wisconsin Idea forward. Let’s not waste any time in trying to make a positive difference in the lives of the people around us, so they too have an opportunity to say On, Wisconsin!”

Lyles is the ninth President and CEO of the largest youth-serving organization in Milwaukee and one of the largest Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation serving over 40,000 kids in 2017 with more than 750 employees and over 2,000 volunteers.

Prior to joining Boys & Girls Clubs, Lyles served as president of M&I Community Development Corporation (CDC). Before CDC, Lyles was a director with Robert W. Baird & Co. Prior to entering the financial realm, Lyles worked for the City Milwaukee under Mayor John Norquist as the election commissioner. Lyles began his professional career as an assistant district attorney in the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.

Lyles is a member of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha Counties Campaign Cabinet and Milwaukee Succeeds Leadership Council. He is an Independent Director for BMO Funds, Inc., a member of Aurora Health Care’s Community Board and he also serves on the boards for Badger Mutual Insurance and Marquette University.

Lyles was recognized in February 2016 by the Milwaukee Business Journal as 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame honorees. In October 2015, Lyles was honored with the Children’s Service Award from St. Francis Children’s Center. Also in October 2015, Madison365 named Lyles as one of the most influential African Americans in the State of Wisconsin. In March 2015, Lyles was honored by Green Bay Packers legend Donald Driver with the “Driven to Achieve” award in recognition for his leadership and service to the Milwaukee community. Lyles also received the Silver Spring Neighborhood Center Alumnus of the Year Award in 2011 as well as the Milwaukee Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008.

Lyles is also a proud alumnus of Milwaukee Public Schools’ Madison High School as well as a Harvard Business School Leadership Fellow.  Lyles is married and has two children.