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Florida administrator to head UConn Alumni Association

by Kenneth Best - January 29, 2007

Lisa R. Lewis, an association professional with extensive experience of managing higher education organizations, has been named executive director of the UConn Alumni Association.

Lewis arrives at UConn after serving as assistant vice president of communications for the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and previously, for seven years, as president of the University of South Florida Alumni Association.

"I am confident that Lisa Lewis's organizational skills and experience, coupled with excellent interpersonal attributes, will help lead the UConn Alumni Association to new levels of achievement," says University President Philip E. Austin.

Francis X. Archambault, '69, a retired professor of educational psychology and president of the UConn Alumni Association, says, "We are excited to begin working with Lisa and look forward to expanding the Alumni Association's activities in supporting our alma mater."

Lewis is an honors graduate of the University of South Florida (USF), with degrees in both marketing and public relations.

She held a variety of positions with the USF Alumni Association before being named president in 1999, with the concurrent title of associate vice president of alumni affairs.

During her tenure at USF, she increased paid membership in the association by 60 percent, expanded revenue streams, established a corporate partnership program, reactivated alumni chapters around the country, and guided the organization through a strategic planning process.

Lisa Lewis, director of the UConn Alumni Assocation, at the Centennial Alumni House.
Photo by Peter Morenus

She is a member of the American Society of Association Executives and Center for Association Leadership and the Society for National Association Publishers.

She previously served as a member of the board of directors of the Council of Alumni Association Executives, Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and Leadership, Florida.

"UConn's Alumni Association has positioned itself to become a key factor in helping the University continue its ascent into the top tier of national higher education institutions," Lewis says.

"I look forward to meeting many more proud UConn alumni and working with them."

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