The appointment comes after a nationwide search that resulted in more than 40 applicants for the position. Lewis begins on July 2, when he will be welcomed by faculty, staff and students of the five campuses: Blount County, Division Street, Hardin Valley, Magnolia Avenue and, starting fall semester, Strawberry Plains.
“I am duly impressed by Lewis’ commitment to student success, his creativity and energy, and his interest in our work at the college and in the community,” said Anthony Wise, president of Pellissippi State.
Lewis served most recently as the dean of instruction at Lone Star College–CyFair in Cypress, Texas. Located outside Houston, Lone Star College–CyFair is part of the Lone Star College System, which includes six colleges serving more than 75,000 credit-seeking students.
During his nine years as the dean of instruction, Lewis oversaw the administration of the institution’s science and public services division. He also brought together a unique collaboration with local emergency services agencies in order to train first responders. Lone Star College–CyFair and local agencies teamed to train more than 500 first responders, establish a special fire academy and provide a free Community Emergency Response Team academy made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Prior to his tenure at Lone Star College–CyFair, Lewis spent 12 years with Collin County Community College. Located north of Dallas, the educational institution is a seven-campus college serving more than 27,000 credit-seeking students. Lewis served as a professor, chair of the political science department and director of the school’s award-winning learning communities program.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master of Science in political science from the University of North Texas and a Doctor of Education in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin.
Lewis spent many years in Texas and was very involved in the Cypress-Fairbanks (Cy-Fair) community. He served on the Cypress-Fairbanks Educational Foundation Board, was an active member of the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce and was president of the Cy-Fair Rotary Club.
Lewis has been an advisory board member for numerous organizations, including the Safety Management Program of the University of Houston–Downtown and the Prepare America Network. The network supports the Office of Domestic Preparedness and the Department of Homeland Security in delivering education, training, and credentialing for security and emergency preparedness.
He has received numerous awards, among them, Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers (2002), Lone Star College–CyFair’s Administrative Excellence Award (2005, 2009), the Chair Academy’s International Exemplary Leadership Award (2007) and the Lone Star College System’s Writing Award (2007, 2010).
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