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About Brien Lewis

brien2015.jpgBrien Lewis is the 23rd President of Catawba College, where he has served since April of 2012.

Brien is a native of Toronto, Canada. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar and where he served as Student Body President.

He earned his law degree from the University of Toronto and practiced law for several years in Burlington, North Carolina before moving into higher education.

At Winthrop University in South Carolina he served in a variety of roles including Associate Professor of Business Administration, Executive Assistant to the President, founding Dean of University College, Executive Director of the Winthrop University Foundation, and Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations.

He has been active in every community where he has resided. Since arriving in Rowan County he has joined the boards of the United Way, the Crosby Scholars, and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute.

He is married to Laura and they have two children, Josh and Anna Louise.

In his spare time/in lieu of therapy/his interests include:

  • Acting in local theatre productions
  • Enjoying movies, music and books
  • Adding to the number of times he’s seen Bruce Springsteen in concert
  • Traveling
  • Amusing Catawba students with his impressions of Yoda