Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Beth Lewis Dr. Beth Lewis assumed the position of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective August 1, 2016. She brings more than 28 years of higher education instruction and administrative experience to the position. “Dr. Beth Lewis brings a breadth of academic expertise and quality leadership to this top instructional and campus operations position at the College,” said President Mark Escamilla. “Her ability to understand classroom needs and lead innovative ventures will be an asset to the vision and momentum of the College’s Executive Team.” Dr. Lewis oversees the College’s 17 academic departments, e-Learning, libraries, Stone Writing Center, and the Office of Early College Programs. In addition to serving as the chief academic officer, she also serves as the institutional liaison for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Most recently, Dr. Lewis served as President of College of the Mainland in Texas City for three years. Prior to her presidency, she was the founding Vice President of Academic Affairs at Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, and Dean of Off-Campus Programs and of Academic Affairs at Blinn College in Brenham. Dr. Lewis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Arts degree in English, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Sam Houston State University. She brings credentials as a Certified Mediator in Workplace Conflict, in Crisis Leadership in Higher Education from Harvard University and for Incident Command Systems from the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. She served as the District Director of New Program Development and Evaluation for North Harris Montgomery Community College in Houston. Her classroom teaching includes serving as a full-time faculty member in English for two community colleges and as an adjunct faculty member of English and in the Educational Leadership Doctorate Program at Sam Houston State University. On a national level, Dr. Lewis served a three-year term on the American Association of Community College’s (AACC) Commission on Economic and Workforce Development, as one term representing Texas on the Board of Directors for the Southern Association of Colleges with Associate Degrees. Dr. Lewis earned a National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award. She served two years as an Honorary Commander for the 902nd Mission Support Group at Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio. She was also named an Executive Fellow in Viticulture and Oenology by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for her expertise studying grapes and winemaking.