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Catawba's New President in Place

April 16, 2012

Category: Staff


President Brien Lewis and FamilyCatawba College's new President Brien Lewis began his first day in the position April 16. His first day included meetings with campus constituencies and lunch with students in the dining hall.

Catawba's Board of Trustees approved the selection of the former Vice President for University Development and Alumni Relations at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., in early March, following a recommendation by the College's Presidential Search Committee.

Lewis succeeds Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine, a 1952 alumnus of Catawba and Chancellor Emeritus of UNC Pembroke, who has served as interim president of Catawba since the resignation of former President Dr. W. Craig Turner.

Lewis was the candidate recommended for the job after the Presidential Search Committee spent nine months reviewing and interviewing applicants. That Presidential Search Committee was chaired by Catawba College Trustee Bill Graham '83 and included trustees, along with two faculty members and a staff representative. The Committee was assisted in its work by the Charlotte firm of Coleman Lew & Associates.


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