Wayne D. Lewis Jr. has been appointed the inaugural dean of the School of Education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
“I am deeply honored by the opportunity to serve as Belmont University’s inaugural dean of the School of Education. There is not another institution in the country with a history, mission and story like Belmont’s,” said Dr. Lewis. “I look forward to joining the students, faculty, staff, and leadership as we work together to aggressively build on Belmont’s rich tradition of preparing the most important resource in education: teachers.”
Dr. Lewis most recently served as the commissioner of education for the Kentucky Department of Education. Previously, he served as the executive director for education policy and programs in the state’s education department. He taught as an associate professor in the department of educational leadership studies and as an affiliated faculty member with the African American and Africana studies program at the University of Kentucky. There, he also chaired the educational leadership doctoral programs.
Lewis holds a master’s degree in urban studies and public administration from the University of Akron in Ohio. He holds a Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy analysis from North Carolina State University.