The university launched a new strategic direction, Next Lives Here, in Feb. 2018 to propel the university through the next decade and lead urban public universities into a new era of innovation and impact. Lewis will spearhead development of the business college’s strategy in support of UC’s Next Lives Here vision.
Lewis joined UC and the Lindner College of Business in 1997 as an assistant professor of management. From 2002 to 2006 she served as associate dean for innovation and program development. Lewis became director of Kolodzik Business Scholars in 2007, and in 2009 she was named associate dean for undergraduate programs. She held both positions until 2014, when she joined Cardiff University as a UK Fulbright scholar. In 2015, Lewis was named dean and professor of management for Cass Business School.
“This is a true homecoming and honor to be the next leader of the Carl H. Lindner College of Business,” says Lewis. “As part of an urban university, the college has a tremendous responsibility to educate our future business leaders in ways that advance the entire Cincinnati region and our global society. I look forward to working closely with faculty and staff, Cincinnati’s business community and our alumni to extend the global reach of Lindner.”
Lewis has earned numerous teaching and research awards throughout her academic career. She has authored two books, and her work appears in the leading management journals, including the Harvard Business Review, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Journal of Operations Management. Her paper, “Exploring paradox: Toward a more comprehensive guide” received the Academy of Management Review Best Paper Award in 2000 and is among the most cited in the field.
Lewis earned her undergraduate degree in business administration from Tusculum College, her MBA from Indiana University and PhD from the University of Kentucky.
She joins UC as the business college’s new 225,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building readies to open this fall of 2019. The $120 million project is one of the most ambitious construction projects undertaken by the university and will provide a collaborative space for education, research and innovation to thrive among students, faculty and the Greater Cincinnati business community.